It is not "Little House on the Prairie Anymore"
By Dr. Deena Bishop
I grew up in the 1970’s watching Laura Ingalls navigate life in Little House on the Prairie, located in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the year 1870. I considered her a kindred spirit. She was a middle child, as am I. She was a tomboy of sorts, as am I. She challenged, yet charmed, the adults in her life as she grew to understand and navigate the world around her. I may have done this a little.
Laura was a good student in her one room school house with classmates as young as 5 and as old as 16, taught by a teacher who was not from her home town. Laura was not the smartest, the prettiest, nor the most popular girl--she was in all aspects of the word--a typical student. Laura’s everyday life was different than mine in many ways too. She had to walk great distances though fields to get to school, I rode a bus. She carried her own lunch each day to school, I had a choice to purchase or bring my food from home, and she was sent home to her parents once or twice for her mischievous behaviors. My parents were only called on the phone, once or twice.