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Friday, January 29, 2010

Little House on the Prairie Fantasy

 

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        Writer’s block wakes up all sorts of thinking that often represents the real me and even the real longings of my heart.

        Why would Little House on the Prairie trigger such a heart fantasy? 

        Because deep down inside there is a part of me that wants to:

*  find a small piece of land somewhere

*  build a small frame house on this land

*  walk to a creek on this land and sit and stick my hands and feet into the water

*  go to town and stock up on monthly supplies

*  stock a pantry with staples like flour and sugar and shortening and salt without fear of falling off some diet wagon

*  work physically on this land until my neck sweats

*  sit on the porch of my little house ,and when I am not reading books that I got when I went to town and stocked up, I will shell peas 

*  use chipped floral china, have white scratchy clean sheets (from hanging on the line to dry), and place wildflowers in a jelly jar on my old kitchen table 

and

*  write letters using a fountain pen.

     

29 comments:

Stacey said...

Laura, there's part of me that wants all of those things too. However, the other part of me wants the hair dresser, nice grocery store, and other nice places to visit. :)

I saw your note to self about books. Laughing because I decided long ago that if I don't love a book...I just skip to the end. You have to know how it ends!

Faye said...

Laura I have felt the same way. Back then everyone loved each other, Neighbors helped one another, They were never a trust issue. And by the way I have most of all the seasons on DVD. I love to watch them. My grandchildren will ask, Nanna is that real life or or they just acting,I tell them at one time it was real life! I guess that was the good old days! Hope you have a great day! Blessings, Faye

Sherrie said...

I read the whole series, cover to cover, a hundred times as a little girl. Then they were passed on to my daughter. It was a time when excitement was going to a barn raising....to work. Simply is good. A nice thought.

Loui said...

Laura..
I think at one time or another, we all yearn for a simpler life..much like the idyllic time before "time saving" electronics invaded and took over our lives.
I too am tired of multitasking..
I still love my books
and yes, I still write my letters and cards with a favorite ball point pen (my fountain pen is an antique and no longer in use)
but I have to admit...I do LOVE the luxury of the internet..I can travel anywhere, anytime, visit whomever,do business transactions, shop..and blog..where I have met and made so many new friends and learned so much!!
but we can still dream..can't we!
warm hugs,laughing smiles..
Loui♥

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

And don't forget ----
"Have some pie; and some warm milk"! (said in Ma's voice).

This is something my girls would constantly repeat over and over again to each in Ma's voice, and then crack up laughing! So when I think of Little House on the Prairie, that's what I think of -- my 3 beautiful girls when they were little! Sigh,,,,

I DO DECLARE said...

I watched Little House on the Prairie on tv every day when I was a little girl. I had this one pair of pajamas that had a matching night cap, and I'd wear it a lot, pretending to be Laura or Mary - what a fun little mind escape for a Friday!

Carole and Chewy said...

You've just described life at my grandmothers as late as the 1970s. Not the prairie, but back in the Appalachian mountains. It was a like a time travel adventure going there for the summers.
I wouldn't mind it, as long as I had internet and cable.

Darla said...

What a fantastic glimpse into your heart!

Karen said...

Laura, I think this liftstyle was a little like your mother's.
My husband's favorite movie is "Swiss Family Robinson"... hence our adventures in Mexico! (Took me awhile to figure that out.)
Love your posting in spite of the writer's block.
Home from Mexico on Monday!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Marla at Always Nesting said...

So interesting, this post. My dad had a dream like that and it did come to fruition when he retired. Dad loved every minute of it but sadly, it was very hard for my mom.

Frippery said...

Perfectly lovely fantasy. You could realize this dream someday.

June said...

Well Laura now I know we are kindred for sure. Reading this told me more about you than I have learned to date. Isn't it funny how the story of the Ingalls family has touched so many people through the years? I just watched an episode on Monday. I haven't taken the time to watch them in years, but it was so fun to just sit there on my rear and enjoy.
hugs
Now I think I have a cow to milk!

trash talk said...

I'm waiting for a "Little Ranchhouse On The Prarie" Texas style series. Hint, hint!
Debbie

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

I love Little House on The Prairie! :)
We have a working farm in Iowa called, "Living History Farms"... I like to go there and play once a year or so!
~Amy

Debra@Common Ground said...

I love this post of what you're heart is desiring, but interestingly, you DID use the word "fantasy". A more quiet, less pressured life, but I would hate to have to grow my own food, and wring a chicken's neck. yuk.LOL
love,
Debra

Wendy said...

I read all the Little House books. And reread them. Many times. I used to play dress up and pretend I was Laura or Ma. I used my dolls and the cat as the other characters. Sometimes I wanted that life so badly the fantasy seriously crimped my reality. Now, I tend to fantsize about silver, gorgeous dinning rooms, beautiful chandiliers. The Laura in me grew up into an elegant southern belle. I try not to let that fantasy interfere with my real life. lol. Real life doesn't allow much time for fantasies.
smiles,
Wendy

donna baker said...

Laura, I have all the above and more, and yet, we are contemplating selling the farm to move closer to our children and grandchildren. It is a life changing decision. But for all the stuff I have accumulated, it probably would have already happened.

Beeutiful by Design said...

I would love that too, except I'd need indoor plumbing.

Lisa said...

You know what would be really cool? If you opened a LHOTP B&B and we could all come for a weekend and get our Laura Ingalls Wilder fix and then go back home to running water and central A/C. LOL!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Growing up, I had an Aunt and Uncle that I visited, that pretty lived like that. Watched the series when it was on TV, but never read the books.
Have a great weekend.

Deb said...

Laura..you are a girl after my own heart...wouldn't it be great to live a simple life...no hustle and bustle...I've always loved Little House on the Prairie...

Shelia said...

Hi Laura, thank you so very much for coming to see me. I am not a very good blogger and I certainly do not post as much as you guys but I still love it! I totally agree with your Little House fantasy. One of mine is everytime I am riding down the road and pass a lovely pasture or a meadow behind a fence, I have this incredible urge to jump out of the car, jump the fence and just start running out in the field. I will put that on my bucket list. lol, Shelia

Theresa said...

Oh sweet Laura, this place you describe is my Dad's place which just so happens to be for sale here in Georgia:) Loved Little House on the Prairie show. It was the WAY they lived that I loved, simple! It reminds me of my childhood, because that is the way we lived. Have a blessed weekend my friend!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, this sounds like a fun place to visit on the weekends, but I don't think I'd want to live there!! I do love my comforts. Do you go to Laura Ingals Gunn's blog (Bungalow, I think)? She is a descendent of Laura Ingals. I always loved the show and the messages from the show. laurie

Lavender Chick said...

Yep, I know exactly what mean....

Marguerite said...

I've always loved "Little House"! Sounds like a nice fantasy, but there wouldn't be any Cajun and Zydeco music or festivals! That would be the hardest part, for me!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

...without falling off the diet wagon:-) This so made me laugh and then reflect - the antique clothes are so tiny, did the homesteading women have to worry about their weight? They were always soooo busy.
I so enjoyed your post. I adored every Little House on the Prairie book and the tv series.

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Laura, it seems SEVERAL of us share that longing for the simple, self-sufficient life. Being a farmer's daughter, that longing gets particularly strong in the spring... Thank you for sharing your dreams.

And, as last week, I so love your silver! =)

The Lone Star Queen said...

I have that same dream...only I still want to write on the computer not with an ink pen. hehe

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