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Simpler Times, Wishful Thinking or Nostalgia?

February 13, 2014

So often we look back and are tempted to say “it was simpler times.” But was it, really?

Ralph Waite played on a wide range of shows but will always be best known as John Walton. The seemingly unfailing father figure on The Waltons, telling and showing the story of a family growing up in the Depression. His death today evokes reflections of many who watched the show, and those who were in it. A simpler time?

It was a time of hard times, of not nearly the blessings we have today. Those who went through it often have a different view of the simple label. Still, it transported us to another time through the characters on the show. A couple of them have commented on Facebook.

The Waltons cast were all together for a lovely evening at Michael Learned’s house in November. It was great for all of us to reconnect. Before Ralph left the party, he asked each of us what we were up to and if we were happy. I don’t know if he knew this would be the last time we would see each other but I’m so glad we had the chance to spend this time together. R.I.P. Ralph Waite. ;(  -Jon Walmsley

I am devastated to announce the loss of my precious “papa” Walton, Ralph Waite. I loved him so much; I know he was so special to all of us. He was like a real father to me. Please keep his family in your prayers. Goodnight Daddy. I love you. – Mary McDonough

Anyone remember the original Christmas Special, based on the book “The Homecoming”? It looked easy on television, but imperfect people in difficult times is never as easy as it is looking back.

Parenting wasn’t easier then than now, in many ways. This clip could be a model in a world today where too often children aren’t valued at all.

Simple times? One day these times will be simple times.

Hindsight is always easier. RIP Ralph Waite.

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