Saturday, October 10, 2009
Little House on the Prairie lives on!
In case you've ever suspected I'm a dork, this post will pretty much confirm it.
Little House On The Prairie: The Musical is playing at a local theater, and I got tickets for me and Dave (there's no way Sabrina, let alone Max, would have ever sat through that). Guess who played Ma? Ding ding ding! Melissa Gilbert.
When I was around 12, I was a crazy reader. I'd burn through ten books a week from the library. My favorites of all time were the Little House on the Prairie series, The Great Brain series, Encyclopedia Brown books, and anything by Judy Blume. Oh, wait, I also liked Ellen Raskin's books, Beverly Cleary's, M.E. Kerr's, E.L. Konigsburg's and Paula The Cate Ate My Gymsuit Danziger's.
I also, of course, loved the Little House series on TV. I fancied myself to be a bit like Laura, but without the prairie or those crazy-ass hats. I was fiesty. I had brown hair and brown eyes. I was a Daddy's Girl. I had freckles.
The show tonight was kind of cheesy, but sweet in a sentimental sort of way. I think I would have liked it much better if it weren't a musical, I have a low tolerance for them. Melissa Gilbert did a nice job as Ma; she even sang. I actually liked Nellie better than I liked Laura (scarily, Nellie reminded me of Sabrina). I cried when Mary went blind from scarlet fever. Dave fell asleep and snored.
What were your favorite books when you were young?