(Possibly) excitingly, they are making a Little House On The Prairie movie. Of course, for die-hard fans, there will never be another REAL Laura or Mary, no matter who they cast, but I’m kind of excited to see what they do with this much beloved series (of books and TV eps!)
The project’s already had a bit of a false start, being dropped by one studio and then picked up by another. I’m looking VERY much forward to finding out more about how it’ll all unfold. I’m so looking forward to it, in fact, that I’m Prairie-Day Prepping by re-reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series (I last read it in primary school) – starting with Little House In The Big Woods.
“The attic was a lovely place to play. The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables. The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead. The hams and the venison hung in, their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spicy herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty-spicy smell.
Often the wind howled outside with a cold and lonesome sound. But in the attic Laura and Mary played house with the squashes and the pumpkins, and everything was snug and cosy.”
Little House In The Big Woods : Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House On The Prairie was my very favourite show when I was a little girl. I loved Mary and Laura and even Nelly Olsen (because fancy wardrobe/curls, of course!) I wanted to be Mary, because she seemed so good and pure. In truth, I was probably more of a Laura, complete with skinned knees, messy hair and torn frocks.
I very much wanted Michael Landon to be my father and pined for an attic bedroom with a little bed and a Ma-made quilt. The idea of sitting around the table eating every meal together, trying to have nice manners and telling stories about our day pretty much made me melt with delight.
Someone on Facebook wondered out loud if those of us who loved this show might have modelled our lives a TINY BIT around it, and I am fairly certain that – in spirit – I sort of did.
Cosy meals, an industrious life, lots of stories, from-scratch creations, twirly frocks, kindness, naughtiness and love. Quilts. Baking. Trying to grow things. Learning. Making mistakes. These are all prairie things that have snuck into my life.
How about you? Maybe you are a bit of a Prairie-Day Prepper too? Or a Laura? Or a Mary?
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