Friday, July 16, 2021


On my list of must haves this past Christmas was Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Little House on the Prairie book set! My whole life I believed I had grown up super privileged; being born in the United States with supportive parents (married going on 36 years too), roof over my head, everything I ever needed but apparently I was wrong! How dare my parents allow me to grow up without reading this series?! Okay, let’s get serious! These books were wonderful; if you grew up watching the classic series every morning during your summers growing up like I did but didn’t have the chance to read the books, then add them to your amazon cart now! The pandemic has been so exhausting; I just wanted to read something where I could escape mentally but maybe pick up some frontier skills too! At first before reading the books I assumed these were just for kids but in all actuality these were just the books this thirty something year old needed to read. Sure, they were easy readers, so something you could read in a week. The skills Pa and Ma Ingalls taught their children and the things the people of Walnut Grove went through gave me things to research. I wanted to learn how people were able to survive way back when. This past spring I started gardening and had a kitchen stuffed full of vegetables this summer; enough to provide not only for my household but also for two others! Which is amazing because anyone who knows me knows I don’t want to play in dirt! As a nurse I couldn’t wait to see what Doc Baker would do when Walnut Grove encountered a potential pandemic! He did exactly what any good doctor would have done; isolated and contact traced all the back to patient zero. Then isolated everyone else who was sick and quarantined all those who came in contact with the infected. Guess what? Good ole Doc Baker kept that nasty virus away from the healthy population in Walnut Grove! How is it that a country doctor in the late 1800s can get that right but major scientists and corporations with so much money can't? Smart man and he could also help birth a horse too! One thing that they didn’t have back then was the news and all these corporations buying for our attention. Remember what the goal of those companies are and that is to make money! Best thing and simplest thing we can do right now is turn off that TV! I have started waking up early, getting fresh air, exercising, reading, learning, anything to clear my mind from this! Please take the time for yourself to do the same each day because this is exhausting and people are losing their lives and we have already lost too many! So, let’s take it back to the basics when grandma and grandpa were kids. What did they use to do for fun before we had all the things we have? Maybe you pick up sewing or knitting, wood crafting, gardening, etc. There are so many options that we could pick up now that could be healthy for us mentally but also prove useful in the future if anything bad were to occur. Like Walnut Nut Grove we have to rally together as a team as they did every Sunday in that little schoolhouse/church! Americans, we must start remembering and believing in the freedom and foundation this country was built on! It doesn’t matter what color you are, what your sexual orientation is, or what country your parents were born in as long as you are an American- we are the same! Watching what is happening in places like Cuba, China, and Africa; we Americans must wake up each morning so happy and grateful for the freedoms that we still currently have! Those freedoms are something that are unique and specific only to the United States and something that we must keep and cherish forever!

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On my list of must haves this past Christmas was Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Little House on the Prairie book set! My whole life I believ...