But in the Pacific Northwest, schoolchildren can go see how native Americans and pioneer folk lived. Log cabins sound MUCH more exotic to me than beach huts. Me, the original 'Little House on the Prairie' devotee - I was prevented by illness from attending this adventure to a local pioneer village, but Andrew went on the excursion, and I have him to thank for his cameraphone photos, along with a HUGE thank you to a super sweet mama who took amazing pictures with A Real Camera, and I'm so happy to have been able to see the trip! And maybe you want to see too? I think you do.
(my favorite picture)
The kids got to milk cows, pitch hay, make old fashioned toys, shoot with bows and arrows, play kick-the-can, hear stories about pioneer life, attend pioneer school (they were enthralled/horrified to hear that in olden days, fidgety kids were whipped), make apple cider, and use a really RUSTIC outhouse. They thought it was all glorious, but were made to understand that all that quaint was a little less glorious when those chores had to be done EVERYDAY. No matter the weather. At 5am.
The kids were giving pioneer-type clothing to wear, and can we all agree that bonnets are the coolest things ever? Is no one agreeing? I love bonnets. I don't know how they ever went out of fashion.
Speaking of all this pioneer biz....Julia and I just began 'By the Shores of Silver Lake' and the first chapter? Where the dog that Laura has had forever finally dies? (come on, people - there are no spoilers in 'Little House on the Prairie', you all should know this already) I was reading and crying at the same time. My daughter was patting me on the arm, going, "It's OK, Mama."