Post by ForeverWaltons on Jun 27, 2015 21:14:24 GMT -5
I just love this episode. John Sr. and Jim Bob finds Josh, a twelve year old runaway black boy, hiding in their barn. The young boy falls in love with the family and they with him but everyone knows he can't stay. Verdie and Harley end up adopting him.
EarlHamner at the beginning of the episode:
"Looking back to 1939 on Walton's Mountain, I had to span a chasm far deeper and wider than nearly forty years of time. Customs and prejudices that were acceptable in those days have gentled into a greater justice today. But they were part of that time, and to remember them any other way would be false."
Towards the end of the episode John Sr. and Josh walk onto the bridge at Drucilla's Pond and stop to rest on the railing.
JW: Josh, you're gonna have a good home.
J: I want you Mr. John.
JW: I'll be close by.
J: They say that, they all say that. I'll be close, I'll look in on you and they never coming back. Here I belong to you.
JW: Just wouldn't work son.
J: Would it work if I was white?
JW: It would make it some easier.
J: You wouldn't have to be proud of me. You wouldn't even have to call me son unless you felt like it.
JW: Josh, I'd be proud to call you son. I'd be proud to treat you like a son. Happiest times of my life was when I was raising my sons, they're almost growed now. You'd give me a chance to live those fine days all over again, that's mighty tempting...I can't do it, maybeintenyears, maybeinahundredyears. Whoknows? Butnothere, notnow. It'd be a hurtful thing for you even if we tried Josh - you understand?
J: I reckon.
JW: I'd change things if I could.
Josh then puts his hand on top of John's.
EarlHamner: "Josh found his place to belong to, and he grew up to have much to be proud of. To this day, Josh speaks of my father with the deepest affection and regard."
This always chokes me up and brings tears to my eyes. It took more than ten years and I am grateful that it took less than a hundred years for things to start changing. This episode takes place in 1939, Mr. Forever and I was able to bring ourson'Josh'homein2004 (sixty five years later) and was able to legallyadopthimin2008. Then we were blessed to add our youngestson'JoshII' in2008 and legallyadopthimjustthreemonthslater.
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Much ado about nothing ----- I too, enjoy this episode. Just an FYI in case you don't already know this ---- there is an episode of Little House on the Prairie. It is almost a copycat of this Waltons episode with a small child showing up trying to find a home. They even have the same little actor who played Josh on the Waltons. Sorry --- don't recall the actors name at the moment.
It probably would have been the easy way out -- for an undisciplined screenwriter -- for an adoption to take place, and fo9r the Waltons to become an interracial family for the duration of the series, or at least until another writer chose to ignore it and hope that everybody would forget.
Had they done that, we'd now be asking: How the devil did they get away with that in the 1940s without being run out of town? Why isn't John Walton Sr recorded as a civil rights pioneer?
To their credit, Hamner and Co. chose the unpleasant reality over soap opera.