Mr. Edwards adopted son, John, must choose between going away to school for several years to realize his dream of becoming a writer or marrying his true love, Mary Ingalls, and living the life of a farmer in Walnut Grove.

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Mr. Edwards adopted son, John, must choose between going away to school for several years to realize his dream of becoming a writer or marrying his true love, Mary Ingalls, and living the life of a farmer in Walnut Grove.

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10 January 1977 (USA)  »

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John Sanderson Edwards: I never even asked you.
Mary Ingalls: Yes you did.
John Sanderson Edwards: That was yesterday... when I was a boy... I think I better ask you again.
Mary Ingalls: Go ahead.
John Sanderson Edwards: Mary Ingalls, I love you very much. More than anything in the world. I want you to be my wife.
Mary Ingalls: Thank you, John.
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Good bye, John
26 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though they'd been father and son for less then a year, Mr. Edwards acted like John had always been his. At one point, John mentions loving his real father, but states that Isaiah is everything John could ever want in a Pa.

If you remember the hunting trip father and son took, you'll understand why Isaiah acted the way he did. He didn't want to loose John, yet he knew John had never been his - not really. The two were so different. Isaiah wasn't book smart and loved to work the farm. John...well, John was very smart and wanted to write poetry. He was a dreamer.

The title was so appropriately titled, and you can see how John rode the wind - even to his death (oh but that comes next season or the season after, I can't remember exactly).

Mary and John are in love. It's a bit odd and hard to stomach that the parents are all for young Mary (thirteen years old) falling so hard and fast for a boy and Charles being okay with Mary getting married (at fifteen). If you remember a later episode about Laura and Almonzo's courtship, you'll also remember that Charles wouldn't even hear of marriage until Laura was eighteen...She was finally allowed to be married at 17, I believe.

Well anyway, it made a great story. A heartfelt mother-daughter talk put everything to write and Melissa Sue Anderson pulled off her strong character role in this one.


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