What a great, heartwarming story! The portrayal of young Joe is great...you've really captured his stubbornness, his inventiveness, and his tender heart. I really like the character of Brave Pony...what those men did to his family made me so angry! Also, the bit about Joe and the pine needles made me remember summers as a small child...it's unbelievable how bad some kinds of pine needles hurt when you run across them barefoot! (Worse than stepping on a Lego!) Thank you, Bahj, for a very enjoyable story.
Grand story bajh. Little Joe doing his best to trick with his wobbly tummy. He was quick to realise what he didn't want his friend very much did. The turn around that he not only wanted to go to school - he wanted to teach - clever.
Fine take on the prompt.
Author's Response: Thanks so much, ansinico :0) It seems to me that Little Joe has a tender heart and is always quick to share what he has, knowledge included. I'm glad you enjoyed this!
"School of Thought" offers a glimpse of life at the Ponderosa well before the series. the players are 'there" (believable in character, with touches of the adult Cartwrights we know).
I like being reminded that the Cs had many acquaintances over their life in Nevada who influenced them, touched their lives in some way, and this story not only solidifies the adult Cartwrights but shows their parts of their relationships in the beginning.
So glad you found this story in you, bahj, and that the prompt didn't leave you adrift!
Author's Response: I'm so glad I found it too, Tracy. It's been so long since I've had to use my writer's imagination and this helped to kick things in gear. I found a couple of unfinished stories as I was going through my papers and am going to see if they're salvageable. Thanks so much for putting this fun challenge together! I'm ready for another :0)
This story was not only well written but it really did a job on my emotions - first smiling at that sweetheart Little Joe conniving a way out of going to school and dear Ben knowing just the right amount of firmness and gentleness to the sorrow over Brave Pony's horses and over what the teachers said to him about school. Crushing.
I love how you portrayed the family and the friendship between Joe and Brave Pony and how Joe's "helper" will in turn be helped by the schooling. Extremely well done. This is one I'm going to remember. Thank you for writing it.
Author's Response: Lisala, thank you so much for this very encouraging review. It's always nice to know that my story moved someone and that it will be remembered. Writing little Little Joe stories is one of my favorite ways to pass the time :0)
That's a nice story with a good message. Heart warming.
Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to read this and leave a review, Sierras. I'm glad to hear the message came through :0)
A sweet story from Joe's childhood.
Scheming Joe in the beginning learned a wonderful lesson in the end.
He seen his friend hurt by bigotry and wanted to help him.
He would probably remember this experience and Brave Pony for the rest of his life.
Unique storyline. I enjoyed it very much.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for this kind review. Brave Pony is in one of the season 5 episodes "The Saga of Muley Jones". That's one of my favorite episodes and I've used Brave Pony in a couple of my prequels. I'm glad you found this story unique :0)
What? No church on Sunday morning? :-D
A charming story with a young Little Joe who is just as scheming as he will be when older -- and just as unsuccessful at it. He should have saved his fake illness for Monday (next time, he'll know better!)
Enjoyed the story and how Little Joe decided that there were positive aspects of learning (only laterin life to be disabused of that opinion!) And just like a Carwtright to want to serve those less fortunate than they.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, Adamant. My guess is that once Little Joe learned to read he no longer saw a need for school, lol.