There once was a time....

@winterose (39917)
Canada
March 26, 2007 5:56pm CST
Most of us have read books and really got into the scene, the times, the era, If you could visit or live in any time period in history past or present what would it be and please give your reason why, the best answer will be given based on your reason for wanting to visit that time period I have always been fascinated by the victorian era, I would love to be a lady in a huge mansion with maids and butlers at my side. I would love to organize big affairs and be a philanthropist.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
I'd be just so happy to go back to living in the 50's It seemed like we had nothing in those days and yet we had so much. I remember the times when we didn't have power, vehicles and we were dirt poor but I also don't remember anyone fighting or bickering over nothing. Life was just simple back then I guess.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I have always been fascinated with the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Her childhood and young adult years were in the mid to late 1800's. That would be the time period I would choose. I know it seemed as though people had to work very hard at that time just to provide their basic needs but there were so many other things they didn't have to deal with. A simpler life is just that...simple. Families could pull up stakes and resettle somewhere else whenever the need arose. The government gave away homestead claims to settle the land and give people a good start. Just think how in this day and age how much your life would be changed if you were given 100 acres of land to develop. They could put up their own houses without having all the red tape of permits and codes. No one thought it was at all strange to have a large family. Boys were taught to respect women. All children were taught to respect their elders. Spending time with your family was more important than hobbies and entertainment because family WAS your hobby and entertainment. Sure there were still hard times but everyone pulled together to help each other out. People knew how to be self sufficient and self reliant. They didn't have to limit their travels because of fuel expenses like we do. They didn't have to choose whether they visited the doctor or bought their groceries. A "country doctor" was willing to accept an extra sack of potatoes as payment and people could hunt for free whenever they needed to. So many people are struggling to get by these days and many of their problems could be solved by having a simpler life but the way modern society works now it is harder to obtain a simpler life but having a modern life is harder to maintain. It's a very frustrating cycle.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Do you mean "The First Four Years"? I'd heard that as well. There are two other books from later in her life too though. The first is "On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894" I know nothing of this book as I haven't been able to find a copy. The other book is titled "West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder to Almanzo Wilder". It is a collection of the letter she wrote to Almonzo while visiting her daughter Rose Lane in 1915 for the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition. It is yet another look into the everyday life of Laura, Almonzo and Rose. Did you know that the first books in her series out slightly out of order and have some of the stories mixed up to fit better? The actually left the "Big Woods" when Laura was too young to remember, however had to return for a short time (and stayed with family members)AFTER the house on the prairie. So the things that happened in the first book actually happened after the second book. She based the parts about living in the house on stories she'd been told. There are also a few other mix-ups, gaps in time and even a few other homes in between the first several books. (so sorry to highjack winterose...speaking of which, that's how Laura's daughter Rose was named. Laura loved her June roses and had known that was what she would name her daughter. Rose was born in December and Laura said her winter rose was the most beautiful of all.
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• Canada
29 Mar 07
Thanks for reminding me of the title ... yes, I do mean The First Four Years. I hadn't heard of the two additional books you've mentioned, but I'm sure they'd be worth checking out too. The part about the first books being out of order is fascinating, and I didn't realize Laura was writing those books from stories she'd been told. By the way, one of my favourites of hers is The Long Winter.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I guess I always figure that I'd be the lowest of the low, the scullery maid or domestic. I know all the books are about the "Ton" but some one has to support that way of life. If I could speak the language/s I'd like to go WAY back, because I'd love to see how things were really done in, say, a stone age village, say, Pueblo I of the Anasazi, or to the area around the Black Sea while it was a fresh water lake before the Meditarian broke thru. I would like to go to these times because nobody knows much about them & so they interest me. I went to the British Museaum & when we got to the end of the Roman Empire, I told my mom, who I was with, that I had seen enough, we could go.
• United States
26 Mar 07
I would choose the "Roaring Twenties" because there was a revolutionary forward movement for women. I also love the clothing of the period; as well as some of the music and dances.
• China
28 Mar 07
I want to return to Tang dynasty around in 1011. At that time, China was the strongest country in the world. people of different religeons can live in harmony with each other. What is more, so many poets often wrote poems which were the most wonderful in the history of China. I like poems of Tang dynasty and every night read them before sleeping. But I maybe can't learn English. I also like English poems. Someday, maybe when I am old, I choose to be poet.
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
I've always had a fascination with the old west, and I'm not totally sure why. I don't know if you're familiar with the song 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,' but I could listen to it over and over again. I also used to love the movie of the same name, starring Jimmy Stewart. I have fond memories of the Cartwright family riding their horses across the Ponderosa as well. It was a highlight for me when I was growing up. Having given some more thought to the reasons behind this, I've concluded that I (especially years ago) fancy myself as the local school marm, walking along the streets in a long flowing dress, wearing a beautiful bonnet, and having all of the 'menfolk' tip their hats to me, as I pass by. My mother used to tell true stories about 'horse and buggy days,' but of course they didn't go that far back. The only thing is, I couldn't take my computer, and all of my modern conveniences with me, so I guess I'd just like to visit 'Virginia City,' for a month or so.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
Visiting is one thing, I am, however, extremely grateful to live in this time, as a female and as I like things sanitary. :) Visiting, however: I think I would most like to visit the time of the pioneers moving west across America. I was raised on western movies (well, that and Star Trek) and the amount of work and the enormity of the decision to move was was incredible.
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• Canada
27 Mar 07
I would love to be a Victorian Lady living back in the Gold Rush days of the 1850's. I do have my reasons for that though! I visited a place called Barkerville a couple of years back. It's in a place called Wells which is a good seven hours north of Vancouver. Back in it's heyday, Barkerville was built as a Gold Rush town when Gold was discovered in Williams creek. When I visited, I had a sense of what I thought was Deja Vu. I'd never visited before, yet I knew where certain things were, and the names of some of the people who'd lived there back in it's heyday. To say my partner was speechless is an understatement! So, to that extent, I believe I lived there in a previous lifetime, and for some reason, I've been drawn back to the place in THIS lifetime. I've always loved the clothing that people wore back in the Victorian Era, and for a little while I was toying with the idea of getting married in Barkerville and having an old fashioned Wedding, but because it's so out of the way and we have a lot of family flying in from different places, it just wasn't practical. Barkerville a tourist attraction now, and the biggest historic site in British Columbia. If you're interested, take a look at their website. http://www.barkerville.ca/newindex/index03.html
• United States
27 Mar 07
I would like to be one of the maidens that gets captured by the ruthless pirate just to fall in love with him and live happily ever after. Ahhhh...those were the days!
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@gbaben (509)
• Russian Federation
27 Mar 07
Have been thinking on it for some minute now.I think i will prever this particular era.The era that technology as turn the whole world into a global village.An era that we are using robbort in supermarket in place of human cashier.An era that i could see some old fellow thanking their stars that they are still alive to expirience some unusual thing.To me i even think that the next era to come will be greater than this,maybe i can wait for it,anyway am still young.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
The problem is that no matter what era in the past you go into, a majority of people are poor or trapped in a life they don't like. I like the idea of living in the Victorian era too, but don't know if I'd actually enjoy it. I think I'd like the 1920s, too. Or the European Renaissance - all that art and music.
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@Patswords (189)
• United States
27 Mar 07
When I was younger I always wished I could have lived in the early to mid 1800's. I thought it would be so romantic to be a pioneer and help settle the new lands. I thought it would be so challenging to have to be self reliant and raise all your own food, spin your yarn and make your clothes etc. But now that I realize how short most of their life spans were and how bone tired they must have been at the end of each day. I think it is pretty neat living during the Space age and reaping all the benefits of of ingenious ansestors.
@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I think I would love to be in the era where our national hero Dr.Jose Rizal lives. I want to experienced the spaniards reign and how true they maltreated filipinos during that time and the role of filipina woman who was deprive of many things and been kept in the house as a household worker. I would like to be part of the revolution wherein filipino fight for thier freedom and woman for thier right as well.
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@mjsdls (1840)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I always loved the Victorian era to. I always loved movies with the old time scenes such as back in King Authors time. I guess just about anytime back in those days would be fine for me to visit.