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Originally Posted by kathleenE
I really should have entitled it "Why could Santa not come in Little House on the Prairie (books, not tv) and many other puzzles". I was going to post on the Caroline Ingalls thread, but it's a bit off the subject. However, since I just discovered this Little House fan club here, I thought I'd give my *very* long standing questions a shot.
You already know my first question, which has to do with that chapter in Little House on the Prairie where Ma and Pa are all heartbroken and gloomy because Santa cannot make it across the river; the water is too high and there's no snow. I don't get this! Since when have Ma and Pa needed to go to a store to have a christmas? Why hadn't Ma gotten her act together and made the girls some beautiful pincushions (or whatever) out of scrap cloth? Pa could have carved them some little animals out of wood. I can think of about 25 things right now they could have done to make sure the girls' stockings had two or three items in them on Christmas morning, river or no river. Why did she write it that way? It can't have been to not ruin the Santa myth for kids, because of course Laura I. Wilder knew that about an hour later any young reader would have picked up On the Banks of Plum Creek and read about how there really isn't any Santa, as Ma explains to them when Pa really needs horses.
So I don't get it. It's totally inconsistent with the Christmases in all the other books where they all make things for each other.
Here's another thing that perhaps someone who lives on a farm can tell me. Why do Pa's haystacks stay stacked outdoors all winter during The Long Winter? At times the wind blew so hard it scoured through 15 feet of snow right down to the ground. How to haystacks stay stacked there? It does not speak of hay *bales*, mind you. That would make sense.
#3. In These Happy Golden Years, Laura gives her first $40 for teaching to Ma and Pa so Mary can come home from college, and stay in college the next year. She hates teaching, but will do it for Mary's college education. So then why does Laura turn around and give Pa her entire $75 for her 2nd term in order to buy and organ for Mary, with Pa putting up the other 25$? It doesn't sound to me like Laura needed to teach at all. An organ in a huge luxury, and they still are having to pay Mary's tuition; so Pa must have had money in the bank to pay for college. What was the big deal about Laura having to keep teaching? And with her third term, she keeps most of the money and is only able to convince Pa to take $15 of it. Doesn't sound to me like Laura need have bothered.
What other puzzlers have puzzled me for years........well, there are several, but they're not coming to me now. I just leave what I've got so far.
I have always wished someone would write a series like the Little House books, but for adults, complete with all the horrible illnesses, crude details about the flies and maggots and difficulties getting to the "convenience" in winter and the dresses that make you feel you're being cooked alive in summer and the problems getting things done having a baby around would cause.
Oh, and that reminds me of another question. Who took care of baby Carrie when they all had malaria in LHOTP? Ma was too weak to get out of bed, and so was pa. They all were. Did poor baby Carrie just rot in her own feces and urine in her cradle or trundle bed?
Ok, enough for now. I suppose it sounds like I hate these books; I actually love them and have read them all countless times, despite my 42 years. I guess I could go for some more realism, though! Anybody know of a good book about life on the frontier that isn't sugar coated?
|Interestingly, that fire was the last straw: they sold the place and moved to Missouri and lived (apparently) happily ever after.|
Originally Posted by Queen Gwen
Also, maybe the culture didn't put such a HUGE emphasis on Christmas as we do, thinking they had to have stacks of gifts. In Plum Creek the kids didn't even realize it was Christmas Eve when Pa showed up from the blizzard, so it sounds like Christmas wasn't the focus of their wintertime existence.
|Oh, and that reminds me of another question. Who took care of baby Carrie when they all had malaria in LHOTP? Ma was too weak to get out of bed, and so was pa. They all were. Did poor baby Carrie just rot in her own feces and urine in her cradle or trundle bed for several days before the family was discovered by Mrs. Scott and the doctor?|
Originally Posted by juliasmum
If they only did washing one day a week, you know that they had to reuse diapers, unless they somehow had enough diapers to make it through the entire week. Do you think they had enough diapers to make it through, or just let the wet ones dry to be reused?
|Any other books about prairie life that you mamas would suggest?|
Originally Posted by journeymom
Ugh! Can you imagine, though, line drying all those barely-clean diapers inside your tiny log house on a dreary, rainy day?
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