First off, I hope none of my guy friends read this post because I’ll never hear the end of it. I just switched over to Verizon Fios and was flipping through the channels the other night trying to find the Knick’s game. I came across a channel called The Hallmark Channel. Apparently Hallmark makes television too. I noticed that Little House On The Prairie was on, a show I loved when I was a kid but wouldn’t dare admit to any of my buddies. Immediately I was hooked. I ended up watching three episodes and completely missed the Knicks game, and I didn’t care.
Little House was on again last night and I watched 3 more episodes. If you’ve never seen the show, it takes place after the civil war before cars, television, light bulbs, plumbing, materialism or anything that defines present day America. Charles Ingals (played by Michael Landon) is a loving husband and father to three young girls, and the show captures the hard work and sacrifices that he endures every day for his family that he loves. There are no Hollywood special effects or anything of the sorts because the show doesn’t need any of that. Every episode of Little House ties-in an inspiring, real life lesson and I couldn’t help shedding a fear tears, feeling immense joy and wanting to run upstairs and wake-up my own wife and kids and hug them for eternity.
Watching Little House On The Prairie was a real wake-up call for me. Part of me wishes that I grew-up in the late 1800’s. With everything that defines our current lives – computers, news, television, video games, cell phones and other gadgets – it seems impossible that any family could ever be like the Ingals, and that’s pretty sad. One thing I’ve learned from watching the show again is that when I’m home, it’s family time. No computers, cellphones or tv’s for me until everyone is in bed.
If you take my advice and actually watch a couple of episodes of Little House On The Prairie you’ll see what I mean. It’s hard for me to put it into words. It’s just a wholesome, valuable television show that you’ll get a positive take-away from.
By the way, I watched two more episodes last night. It’s on every night I think. Sorry Knicks!!