Little House on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 8

Ma's Holiday

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 06, 1974 on NBC
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  • I felt bad for Ma.

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    As a mom, I felt really badly for Ma.

    Charles was absolutely trying to make her feel badly for worrying about the children - and yet, as a mother, she\'s almost biologically hard-wired to do so.

    She\'s never left them alone before. Mr. Edwards is a rather odd and unpredictable character, and quite frankly, she\'s leaving her girls home with a man that she knows - but really - how well does she know him?

    Gavin DeBeck teaches us to honor our fear and trepidation - that these feelings are gifts that enable us to survive. If a situation feels wrong, then don\'t feel badly about it - or fight that feeling - don\'t enable the situation to happen.

    In the end, Edwards turns out to be a fine babysitter, and all is well, but Ma ends up castigating herself for normal maternal behavior: Worrying about leaving her 3 young girls alone with a bachelor that she\'s not sure knows how to care for children.

    Worse, Pa sulks on part of the way home, grumpy because of the disappointing nature of their second honeymoon.