Originally Posted by zinemama
Ok, I love the LIW books, but can we please distinguish between the books and the tv series? They are not the same, nor did the series portray the situations in the books (except for the pilot episode, which was quite accurate). The tv show took the basic characters and setting and a few things (Mary's blindness, Nellie's meanness) and then just ran with it, making stuff up out of whole cloth. Albert? C'mon! Walnut Grove? A name that was never mentioned in 8 books. Guess they didn't like "De Smet"). The Caroline in the series is NOT the real Caroline!
I just had to get that off my chest.
The older I get, the more I identify with Caroline instead of Laura as I re-read the books. As a mother, I am able to put myself into her place, to understand her worries about Laura's "wildness" in that time and place, to appreciate her fierce desire for her girls to have an education, to see what it took for her to roam west every time Pa felt the neighbors closing in, when you know all she wanted was a cozy life back East. I admire her ability to, "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."
I have been totally into the LIW books yet again & am almost through reading the whole series for the millionth time.
I am impressed with Caroline, as well--and how she knows how to do everything so well and so calmly. I think it is amazing that as a young wife and mother, she had enough practical housekeeping knowledge to keep her family healthy and fed and clothed. She knew everything from sewing, knitting, hat-making, gardening, soap making, all kind of cooking . . . the list goes on. She seemed to know how to take care of everything just right, and also educated her children very well.
I admire how they all did so much with so little. Trapped all winter I the house with no food, no way of leaving--I'd go insane--but they survived by innovation, conservation . . . singing, reading . . .Totally off topic:
How do you suppose they used the bathroom when they were trapped all winter? I just keep wondering . . .
I have been reading non-fiction accounts of LIW, as well--and her daughter, Rose. It is interesting that LIW seems so grateful and appreciative of her parents--despite going through real poverty and hardship. The daughter, Rose, seems so resentful and embarrassed that her family was relatively poor. She kept a journal (and also became a famous writer), and is so bitter about her upbringing. It is a lot more complex than that, actually, but this observation keeps registering with me . . .