Post 60: It’s Official: This Blog Is Nellie and Almonzo Approved!

Post 60: It’s Official: This Blog Is Nellie and Almonzo Approved!

From Anne –

Perhaps an odd question for this blogger to ask, but: why just watch Little House, when you can live it?

That’s right, while my eighth-grade peers were getting their first hickeys, I was running around in a self-styled sunbonnet with my cousins Tera and Amber down in the forested ravine across the street from our house Hendricks County, Indiana.

My cousins loved LHOP as much as I did, and I couldn’t wait till they visited so we could escape to “the creek,” as we called it, to get our Little House on. If memory serves, I was Ma, Tera was Laura, Amber was Nellie and my ‘lil brother Kurt was Willie. So what if we were missing half the cast?

In 2007, I persuaded my husband to purchase “the creek” acreage so I can have a nature fix and keep acting nostalgic down there. It’s one of the wildest places I know, always a boon to the imagination, and an invitation to go feral:

And almost 40 years later, cousin Amber (who lives in Arizona) and myself (in Indiana) continue to geek out together over LHOP. In July 2019, Amber made the sacred pilgrimage to WALNUT GROVE, MINNESOTA! (I did my ritual journey in 2005).

Unlike me, though, Amber attended the official Wilder Pageant, and afterward, got to meet none other than Dean Butler, Alison Arngrim, Lindsay Greenbush, and Charlotte Stewart (Not going to ID them; you know who they are). Also around were “Jeb Carter” (Lindsay Kennedy) and “Jason Carter” (David Friedman).

Amazing Amber made it her business to get autographs of all these dazzling stars on my behalf, and, unbeknownst to me, decided to tell them about this very blog! Both Butler and Arngrim got a charge out of the name “Girls Gone Wilder.” Look at Dean’s snicker as he signs his autograph!

And listen to Alison’s response when Amber tells her about the blog’s name.

What more validation could a fan want?

Dear Amber: thank you for our shared love of lunch pails, sunbonnets, simplicity, and gratitude. Thanks for being the chief audience for the Little House print newsletter, and now, this blog. Thank you for using your 20 seconds of celebrity contact to spread the word about Girls Gone Wilder!

Amber’s oldest daughter just tied the knot. Can’t wait ’til Amber has some grandchildren to indoctrinate.

From Tracy –

First off – thank you so much, Amber. I don’t think we’ve ever met but I’ve heard a lot about you.

Secondly – SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am super excited that Nellie laughed and Almanzo smirked at our blog’s name. It makes the universe a decidedly more lovely place. Can we give them t-shirts with our blog’s name for the next Wilder Pageant?

6 Comments

  1. Amber Miller
    May 17, 2020

    Amazing post! With each and every word, I was reliving the magic of a childhood obsessed with Little House! Anne, I will cherish those youthful memories for all of my days!
    Heading to Walnut Grove last summer was going to be exciting enough, but when I found out that there was going to be a cast reunion going on at that same time, I about flipped! It was like I was Ma Ingalls winning the pickling competition at the County Fair!

    Love the blog Anne & Tracy! You two are doing a great service to all of us Little House nerds that are still hanging out on the prairie!

  2. PA Laker
    May 17, 2020

    Glad you girls are reliving such an innocent and wonderful time. We all enjoyed it, although i sometimes couldn’t hide the tears on some of the episodes.

  3. MA/Aunt Laker
    May 17, 2020

    Playing Little House at the creek in 1980: the source of the life-long cousin-bonding for Anne, Tera and Amber. Cornbread for breakfast, tying each other’s bonnets, rushing to the creek to make mud pies and weed salads—such precious childhood memories….Wish you could have been there, too, Tracy!!

  4. Carolyn Sullins
    May 18, 2020

    Mazel Tov, Anne and Tracy! Proud to say, “I knew you when…” 🙂

    • Cousin Matt
      May 18, 2020

      This blog was so good I want to read it 3 more times. And that’s because I have always soaked in my older sisters nostalgia (Tera and Amber are over 10 years older than me for any strangers reading). I have the movie on VHS, and I always leave it on TV.. bc I know what it may mean to have a 70s childhood. I want one too! There’s a really old one room cabin in goose lake prairie Illinois, and a couple months ago I had a picnic there and called it playing little house in honor of your times.

  5. Cousin Matt
    May 18, 2020

    This blog was so good I want to read it 3 more times. And that’s because I have always soaked in my older sisters nostalgia (Tera and Amber are over 10 years older than me for any strangers reading). I have the movie on VHS, and I always leave it on TV.. bc I know what it may mean to have a 70s childhood. I want one too! There’s a really old one room cabin in goose lake prairie Illinois, and a couple months ago I had a picnic there and called it playing little house in honor of your times.

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