About three months ago, my mom got us the first season of Little House On the Prairie. We did not think much of it at first and we were most certainly not interested in being stuck watching the whole season. We kept watching our shows and playing our games on the Wii until one day my mom told us to turn them all off and do something more productive, or watch an episode of Little House.
Not wanting to go outside or do something else inside, we watched the first episode. We immediately asked to watch the second. After watching more during the week, we really got into it and ended up finishing the whole first season in two weeks. Since she saw how much we really enjoyed them my mom ended up getting all nine seasons. Now we are on the fifth season.
As much as we enjoy watching the show, there is more to the show than just good stories and great actors. There are so many things I have learned from watching the show that will stick. First off, I noticed the way that Laura and Mary treated their parents. They did not argue or talk back when they were in the wrong of something. They confessed when they lied, and accepted the consequences with out complaining. Compared to back then we talk back so much to our parents (not everyone, but a lot of people).
Another thing that I noticed was how much we take for granted today while they had to work so hard to make a living. We also have so many labor saving devices such as washing machines, dishwashers, and cars (back then they had to travel slowly on a bumpy road with hard wooden seats). As their daily chores they had to milk cows, clean chicken coops, and chop wood. We might have a few chores once or twice a week that are hard, but doing all the things they did EVERY DAY just sounds impossible if we had to do it today.
While watching Little House, the interesting stories and lessons from it have taught me many things. I love the way most of the characters handled difficult situations. Instead of immediately going and telling (or blackmailing them by saying something like "I'll go and tell unless you do something for me"), like some little kids do and some older people, they go and talk to the person and give them a chance to make things right. They show examples of what that looks like from Nellie Olson, who is a mean little girl who thinks she was the best and always put others down and tried to get them into trouble.
Those are a few lessons that we already know, but some of the episodes had deeper meanings in the plots, like racism, thievery, cheating, and fairness to name a few. They taught how they solved the problems in a rational way (instead of losing their heads and over reacting) and the most important lesson, about sticking together as a family and helping each other no matter what the situation is. I am really glad that we got into watching Little House on the Prairie because it is a great and wholesome show that teaches many meaningful lessons. I definitely recommend Little House On the Prairie and give the show five stars.
(Julia dressed up in here Little House outfit)