pioneer life

June 1, 2015

When I was growing up in Hawaii, at one point or another most schoolchildren eventually make their way to some heiaus, which were Hawaiian temples where the ancient Hawaiians went to make offerings and pray. But if you wanted to see where the indigenous peoples lived, well you just went to the beach. Or climbed into a volcano. (that was not erupting) Actually I don't think the ancient Hawaiians lived in volcanoes. Or you could go stand in a stream up in the rainforest.

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."





9 comments:

  1. Oh, when Jack dies - I cry too. I also cry when they think he drowned crossing a river (Little House on the Prairie?) and I know he hasn't died. Pets dying always hits me hard.

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    1. Oh Julia was SUPER worried about that, Jack crossing the river! Yep, that was Little House on the Prairie. I've realized that I am physically unable to read Charlotte's Web out loud. I was literally sobbing, reading that one aloud to Julia in 1st grade! She thought I was crazy. :)

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  2. I love places like this, but I've never been to one that provided costumes to wear during the visit! I want to go to there! We haven't progressed beyond On the Banks of Plum Creek. At some point, we'll read Farmer Boy, but good lord, there are so many books to read and so little time! :)

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    1. You come and we'll go together, since I didn't get to go! This seems right up your alley! Oh my golly, it took us all last autumn to get through Farmer Boy. I share your angst re books to read. I like, STRESS about it. Since it's become clear to me that J won't gravitate towards the classics on her own, I'm happy to have that type of fare be our read aloud material. But it's funny, she really enjoyed reading Island of the Blue Dolphins on her own - I hated that book! #nofairies

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  3. So fabulous. So glad you shared. Can't wait to show my mom.

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    1. my daughter LOVED the whole experience. she talked about it in great detail for days and days!

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  4. This is too cool. I love places like this. Places you can feel and act out history. Totally on my to do list with my girls.

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    1. it crushed my SOUL that I wasn't actually there in person!!!

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  5. Bonnets should make a comeback. My mother in law has a fabulous straw one that she's sporting this summer.

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