If asked what my favorite old TV series would be, I'd say "Little House on the Prairie", and I suspect that many people would agree. Have you read the books?

The experience reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's words takes us well beyond where that enjoyable series goes into the lives of one struggling mid-to-late 1800's American settler family and the communities and land with which they connected. There's an article found in The Link Homeschooling Magazine by the curator of Minnesota's Wilder Museum, Amy Ankrum, reminding us how valuable Laura's contributions have been to lives of countless young people.  

Whether in educating about another time and place or about science as well as homemaking, the stories entertain us while all the time garnering wholesome values and gaining understanding of human nature. See p. 52 at this link. No doubt those books have played a part in how someone like me loves antiques. The books combine with a love for stories of my ancestors and seem to beckon me to live a fairly old-fashioned life, whether baking bread, drying pears, or something like hanging clothes on a line to dry. History teaches us much we need to know for living in the present. Good authors set out frames and suggestions for the vivid pictures our imaginations paint, enriching our lives in many ways that merely viewing a TV or video cannot. Wow, time has flown, and I've never read On the Banks of Plum Creek to our youngest daughter.

Better begin tonight.