(No spoilers for the third episode please)
And if you'd like a softer version of the Anne and Gilbert slow burn, Betsy and Joe have got you over the course of 5 books. (No one smacks anyone with school supplies, though.)
Also to compare them to another series of a nearby time period, Betsy grows up but the books don't get dark like the Anne of Green Gables ones do. (There's understandable and sympathetic reasons for that and the Anne books are richer stories, but still...) It might be best to say that Betsy and Co. get to kind of stay in the Anne of Avonlea/of the Island period where it's mostly about the joy of new experiences and community.
@vyr They start off as books for small kids, the first one is about Betsy when she's five, and they get more complex as she ages and follow her through to her marriage right before the war starts. They're a fictional autobiographical mashup in a similar way to Little House, so interesting as a snapshot of a time period.
(In the 10 Betsy-Tacy books and 3 supplemental Deep Valley books, here's what I can think of off the top of my head: someone performs in blackface at a talent show, settler violence is alluded to a few times and an older character romanticizes "Indian wars", there are characters who are racist against Syrians living in town but the racists are in the wrong and that's the plot of "Emily of Deep Valley", and sometimes the antiracists are paternalistic against other cultures.)
Not that there isn't problematic stuff in them, they are books about pre-WWI 20th century Minnesota, written in the 40s and 50s. But it's a lot less than other kids' and youth books about American old timey stuff – way less minstrelry, Manifest Destiny, and racism against indigenous people than Little House On the Prairie and that kind of pioneer story.
@PostMasterGeneral Two possibilities:
If the song takes place in the early 80s, Stacy's mom is Silent Generation/Boomer cusp, and best case scenario is she's business woman-y like Joan from Mad Men (hasn't changed her look in ages) or the mom on Who's The Boss.
If it's contemporary to 2003, she's probably early Gen-X and puts out Charlotte Pickles from Rugrats vibes.
@witchfynder_finder It's a good meal! I used to do it all the time when I was a vegetarian because it's pretty much an extreme version of rice and beans.
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