April 7th, 2011

kid - i cannot keep it in my  mouth.

Writer's Block: Arms wide open

If you had to choose, what couple from TV, cinema, or literature, would you choose as your parents?

I always liked Laura Ingall's parents in the Little House on the Prairie book series. Ma was usually calm, collected, and imminently practical. She sacrificed so much for the whims of her husband: leaving their home in the Big Woods to travel to Indian Territory, leaving that second home behind to live in Minnesota, and following Pa to the Dakota Territory when he decided he needed to move again. She didn't complain, just went along with it...but it never felt like she was beaten down or made miserable by it. She just...endured, I guess.

When I was a kid, I liked that Pa did so many awesome things to protect his family. He hunted bears, walked great distances to find work or visit trading posts, negotiated with Native Americans, and so on. I admired his creativity and all his knowledge about surviving on the plains. Pa was just so cool! Now that I'm older, I still appreciate all that he did for his family, but I can also see the flaws of a mercurial man who never wanted to buckle down to a settled life. Pa was a roaming sort, a traveler who wished to live in the wild places, and I can respect that, but I also think it wasn't a great situation to constantly uproot his wife and children whenever they had just settled into a community.

But yeah. I think they'd be a pair of awesome parents.