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History Lessons and Rose Colored Glasses

History Lessons and Rose Colored Glasses

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was established in 1954 to honor books published in the U.S. that have a big impact on children’s literature. What an honor this must have been to Laura and her family! Having passed away in 1957, she is not around to witness the horror of what is going on in the world today concerning this award and other choice pieces of history.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was the first recipient of this award and her name has now been striped from the award and as the first recipient. The Association for Library Service to Children says the award will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

Of the many articles I have read of this decision, it was made based on the fact that most critics say her books include stereotypical and reductive depictions of Native Americans and people of color.

I grew up reading the beloved stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Many of you did. Did you feel insulted by the content? Not me. I believe this feeling of books or statues or whatever else can be picked at as causing insult is just a way of others having their voices heard.  Then the media takes it and runs with it and there you have it! Mayhem.

Are we going to ban the Little House books from our children’s reading lists? Will the famed Little House on the Prairie tv series reruns now be cancelled?

Will Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn be struck from history? Will Hemingway’s books be banned from libraries because of some of his beliefs? We’ve already started removing statues and crosses from public properties because someone, somewhere was insulted.

Who are these people who demand these decisions about our history¬† be changed or hidden away? Do they want to view our world through rose-colored glasses? If we had known then what we know now history would have been different. But we didn’t, so they aren’t, and no amount of erasing history will change the past, present, or future for our children. History cannot be swept under the rug or hidden like a skeleton in the closet. It is what it is.

The Little House books were published between 1932 and 1943 and were based on Wilder’s childhood in a settler and pioneer family. People thought differently. They lived differently. We have learned from our parents past mistakes as will our children learn from ours. Lets not make cutting history from the record books be one of our mistakes.

Here are a few links on articles written about this sad decision. Google Laura Ingalls Wilder in the news for more.

Read about Wilder’s life and accomplishments here.

~Elle

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Why You Should Never Fill Out Online Forms With Your Phone Number And Address

Why You Should Never Fill Out Online Forms With Your Phone Number And Address

Now that H has retired and his health insurance is that old people insurance – aka Medicare – Andrew is no longer covered for dental. So yesterday I was searching online for some dental insurance for Andrew.

I just wanted to see the costs so I could compare. Of course this site wanted info so they could give me quotes, but they did it in such a way that I thought they might give me some insight online once I filled out the form. Knowing that if I submitted name and phone number on their website, I would be bombarded with calls from every insurance dealer in the surrounding area – and then some – I was reluctant to do so.

I proceeded to fill out the form with Andrews name and our home address, but then there was the phone number blank staring me in the face. I was prepared for that. “I’ll fool you my pretties!” I reversed the first two numbers of my cell number and hit submit.

That’s when a sweet note popped up on my screen telling me to be patient and browse through the site. “An agent from your area will contact you shortly.”

“Yeah right, not if I can help it.”

“Acck!” Within two minutes or less my cell phone started ringing. The calls were from Maine or North Dakota or some random state that had no business calling me. (Well I thought they had no business. They thought they had every right.)

Then the area codes changed to Florida. Evidently, they took a look at my address for this tactic. I don’t know anyone in Ft. Myers, FL so I didn’t answer. Then another call came through from Ft. Lauderdale. Nope. Don’t know anyone from there either.

After a few minutes of this, numbers with a Louisiana area code appeared. Yep, they figured since my cell phone was based in Louisiana, I’d answer just any old call.

How did they do that? Guess they were smarter than I thought and they reversed those numbers back!

After about five or six calls with no answer from me, my house phone started ringing…and ringing…and ringing…

When I answered I would get that bloop tone and then someone would say, “Please hold on. Your call will be answered shortly.”

Well I didn’t make that call. They did. And they kept making them. Sometimes I would answer just for the heck of it and there would be a live person. When I would tell them to please not call again – yeah I was polite – they would hang up and another one would call. I did tell one representative they had the wrong number. No one by the name of Andrew lived here. That was a half-truth. He’s in grad school in Tennessee.

This continued all afternoon on my cell phone and house phone. I’m assuming they got the landline number from the home address. Ugh! These people were persistent if nothing else.

I was glad when eight pm rolled around and the ringing in my ears was quietened because those telemarketers were interrupting our binge watching of “The Doctor Blake Mysteries”. (That’s a rant I’ll save for another day!) I heard, somewhere, that telemarketers aren’t supposed to call after eight.

This morning the land line started ringing at seven am. Really? Everyone who doesn’t live in the Florida Panhandle thinks we are on Eastern time like the rest of the state. We aren’t. We are on Central time.

I took the phone off the hook for some peace and quiet. That didn’t stop them from calling my cell phone though. Four hours later I put the phone back on the hook and immediately, it started ringing again.

I have told H repeatedly, to not put our number and address on any online forms. I get tired of the calls. I should take a page out of my own book.

I just realized the phones have been silent for about forty-five minutes. It’s probably the calm before the storm.

~Elle

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