Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for Olivia Walton



Welcome to the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I will post on a word
featuring a different letter of the alphabet each day of the month of April.
My theme for this challenge is Female TV Characters.

Olivia Walton - "The Waltons"

THE STORY: It's the Great Depression and the Walton's are one big happy family living in Walton's Mountain, Virginia. Olivia Walton is married to John Walton and is the mother of seven: John Boy, Mary Ellen, Jason, Erin, Ben, Jim Bob and Elizabeth.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Olivia is a kind, loving Christian woman. She makes sure that the children have warm clothes and that there's always a hot meal on the table. As every stay-at-home mom knows, taking care of kids is a full-time job. Multiply that by seven and it's a logistical nightmare, but Olivia's faith in God gives her strength. Goodnight, John Boy.


Do you have any personal stories of your family during the Great Depression? 

10 comments:

MimiTabby said...

both of my parents were affected seriously by the depression. Dads at home,moms working piecework (things like making flowers, beading purses, sewing collars on shirts).

My mother remembers the church ladies coming around at Christmas with a basket of goodies. Her father was too proud to accept it. She was heartbroken, deprived of the wonders inside of the basket. TOO PROUD to take Charity, she raged...

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Janyce said...

I loved the Waltons. I wanted to be a part of that family, even though I loved my own family all to pieces.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Mimi: That was a hard time for people. I can't imagine. My grandmother was born in 1919 so she was a young teenage during the Depression. They lived on a farm in Oklahoma. It was like the "Grapes of Wrath" with Oklahoma Dustbowl.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Janyce: It was a warm, loving family. I would have loved to yell out "good night" like they all did. So cool.

Susan Kane said...

My parents and grandparents told us so many stories about that time period. They survived and 'made do'. That was a phrase I heard a lot when I was growing up.

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is another series I didn't watch on television, but I've been thinking I should check and see if I can get the DVD. It's set in a time period I find very interesting.

Craig Edwards said...

I was not a fan of the show - I was more into Buck Rogers and The Dukes of Hazzard - but my oldest brother was into it for a spell - I suspect he quite identified with ol' John Boy - artistic type - ready to spread his wings - yeah, I can totally see the draw.

Regardless - I did see enough to know that Michael Learned was great in this role - so another sterling choice!

Name: Luana Krause said...

Susan: People from that period in history really appreciate all that they have. That's a good thing.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Patricia: You would really enjoy the show. As a writer yourself, you will appreciate John Boy who aspires to be a wrtier. The show revolves around his point of view.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Craig: Our family watched it (along with Gunsmoke, Bonanza, MASH, Happy Days, etc.) I really liked John Boy. He was a writer and that was my dream as well. He was also about my age...just a few years older.