Pippi Longstocking was a red-headed daughter of a sea captain, named Ephraim Longstocking. He went on many adventures and always came back with wild stories to tell her. She spent life enjoying the simplicities, without regiment, adult authority or experience in normal society. Pippi was caring, free-thinking, happy and she wouldn’t let anyone sway her the wrong way. She was self-reliant when her pop wasn’t around and her mission was to never grow up, keep things light hearted, live life to the fullest and make any normal day-to-day task fantastical with her imagination.
Pippi took care of herself, cleaned, cooked, repaired her home, looked after her pets and managed life with a smile on, even though she had little education or influence from society. The author did an incredible job of showing the great power a child can yield and she made it easy for the reader to root for Pippi against disaproving adults with typical expectations.
In the stories, two conventionally educated children discover Pippi Logstocking, her monkey and her horse are all living next door to them. They immediately are swept into her world, where she teaches them to stay on the bright side and make boring tasks fun. For instance, when most people use a mop on a stick and a bucket of soapy water to clean the floors, Pippi straps on brushes to her shoes, sings a song and dances on the floor, until it becomes squeaky clean.
When the two of us were hit by a drunk driver in the Arizona desert, while driving cross-country, we were stranded for three days at a tow yard and we spent a total of 24 days in Arizona, waiting for our VW bus to get fixed. Although it would have been easy to go stark raving mad during this experience, we decided to use Pippi’s philosophy and make our time more enjoyable, by not giving into fear, by being creative with our time and by staying positive. The bump in the road would have cost us much more energy, time, money and sanity if we had panicked, reacted negatively or given up on our cross-country trip. Somehow, everything worked out in the end and our life and adventure carried onward.
There is something we can all learn from Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking, like marching to the beat of our own drum, appreciating the little things in life, being spontaneous, putting good energy into everything we touch and giving love unconditionally to everyone and everything around us.
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