Post 25:
“A Christmas They Never Forgot”

Post 25: “A Christmas They Never Forgot”

December 27, 1982 – GOOD “The whole family is snowed in. They reminice (sic) over Christmases past. 1) Ma’s – She’s a little girl and her stepdad gives her a necklace. 2) Almanzo’s – He doesn’t believe in Santa because he sees hidden presents. His Dad tells him different. 3) Laura’s – Mr. Edwards brings gifts. 4) Hester Sue’s – She believes Santa is black.” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — This flashback-y episode reminds me of why I loved the Little House books in the first place – the asceticism! The idea that the gift of a single orange or a single penny for Christmas could be rapturous. The idea that even the tiniest pleasure has value because of its tininess – not in spite of it. An ethic of appreciation to counter...

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Post 24:
“Child of Pain”

Post 24: “Child of Pain”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 2, 1982 – FAIR “An aclcoholic (sic) man was beating his son. So Caroline babysat the son, while Charles babysat the man. They reformed him and everything was OK.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — I love young Anne’s comments about babysitting. Frankly I was surprised at how modern their approach was with the creepy and belligerent Mr. Stewart. They try an intervention (in the church), a sober companion/life coach (Charles) and damn near everything else. I found myself wanting them to just lose their shit and tar and feather him in the middle of town. In fact Doc Baker does say that if they weren’t so “damn civilized” they should horsewhip him. Of...

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