Forty years ago she brought Laura Ingalls to life as Half-Pint in the TV version of Little House on the Prairie and on May 8th, Melissa Gilbert turns 50. The spunky prairie girl charmed us and taught us lessons about life in the 19th century. Some of those lessons are timeless. Here are 5 nuggets of wisdom we learned from Little Laura Ingalls we can still use today.
“Hard working folks only smell bad to people who have nothing better than stick their noses in the air!”
No one should judge anyone regardless of what the job is. If it’s a job that puts food on the table and a roof over your head, it’s a job worth doing. We all have different paths, but the goals are basically the same. Pa was a farmer, but at the end of the day, he and Nels Oleson, a shop owner, just wanted to provide for their families.
“Home is the nicest word there is.”
The word “home” brings up memories of childhood, family and a place where you feel protected. Even when you’re far away, the thought of home gives one a feeling of comfort. That Little House on the Prairie doesn’t have the same amenities we expect today, but it provided the same emotional comfort for Laura as we seek in a big apartment in the city today.
“Suffering passes, while love is eternal. That’s a gift that you have received from God. Don’t waste it.”
Don’t take love for granted. Laura’s love for her family and theirs for her helped them survive the ups and downs of prairie life.
“Nothing bad ever comes from telling people how you really feel about them.”
You have nothing to lose when you tell the truth. Take it from a girl who was incapable of editing herself. Laura’s mouth may have gotten her into trouble, but she always learned a lesson.
“My Pa says that grades aren’t everything. It’s the learning that counts. Even eggs get graded.”
Pa was such a wise man. If grades were the end-all, be-all of everything, we probably wouldn’t have Microsoft or Facebook or The Great Gatsby or Oprah. All of those things were masterminded by college dropouts. They were college dropouts who also happened to be dedicated, hard-working individuals, but it goes to show “it’s the learning that counts.” Thanks, Pa.
The TV series has come and gone, but the wisdom of the Ingalls family lives on.