Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 24

Sweet Sixteen

7
Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 25, 1980 on NBC

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    • In this show and this episode, Laura is absolutely thrilled when she lands her first teaching job at age 15. She has a great experience all around, and through it all, she is excited about the possibility of Almanzo falling in love with her. With the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, as depicted in the book Those Happy Golden Years, things weren't quite so rosy. The real Laura didn't want to teach; being so young, she was scared and had very low self-confidence. Once she started, the cold and unkind behavior of her boarding family contributed to a negative experience. When she went home for a weekend for the first time, she had a renewed sense of gratitude for her happy and secure home, and she confided to her sister Carrie that she hated teaching (then begged Carrie not to tell their parents). Furthermore, when Carrie tried comforting her, telling her that maybe she could get married like their mother did and not have to work, Laura said that she didn't want to marry, but rather, she wanted to just stay at home forever. Surely, this is extremely different from Melissa Gilbert's portrayal, where Laura was more than eager to grow up, be a teacher, and be with her true love, Almanzo Wilder.

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