Well, for quite a while now, I have been a big fan of Michael's. Not just because of his strength, dignity, caring towards others, but the fact that he was a true fighter. I can truly relate to how his family feels because I too lost my father to pancreatic cancer in August of 1997. So, now in honor of my dad and Michael Landon, every year I donate some money to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, only hoping that maybe one day there will be a cure for this wretched disease. Out of all of his work, the one show that has taught me many things is Little House on the Prairie, mainly because it shows the triumph, hardships, and integrity people in that time period had. That show also made me see that not everyone is the same, everyone is special in their own way, and to realize that what happens in our lives happens for a reason.
There is one quote which I will always remember, not just because he wrote it, but because it means different things to different people. It goes as followed "Remember me with smiles and laughter for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all." So, as his birthday approaches don't be sad that he is gone, remember all the memories we have of him, and be happy that he came into our lives. He would want us all to be smiling on that day because that is the kind of person he was, and also it is a time to celebrate his life.
I am constantly amazed at the sense of well-being and family values that he brought to us through such a simple and heartwarming vehicle as Little House on the Prairie. Although not a "religious" person, I've been a fan of that series since the first episode I saw. It encompassed such a range of emotions and issues that are faced by every family, that to miss an episode was to risk not seeing another jewel of genuine family and community problem-solving. I think we've all seen ourselves on an episode more than once. Thank you, Michael Landon for adding to the real value of television in a time when most were sinking into the quagmire. Your talent, understanding, and insight are sorely missed.
He was a great storyteller and enthusiastically emotive. As a child I was inspired by his writing so much so that I wanted to become a writer. If only I had a wand I would, then and now, have waved it in the air and wrote a Little House episode. His bond with an audience was and still is, mysteriously strong.
Find Glory and live in it.
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