Post by flossieskid on Mar 21, 2021 4:50:43 GMT -5
There was the episode (or maybe it was a two-parter) when the Waltons’ house almost burned down and the kids went to stay with other residents of Waltons mountain. Jim Bob went to stay with Flossie at the boarding house. She was talking to him about some of the cute things his brothers and sisters did when they were little. As I have previously mentioned, two of the writers and producers of The Waltons, Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker, were dear family friends of many years. We would get together with them very frequently and they were around our daughter, Nikki, since she was born. Of course, we thought she was cute and funny, but obviously so did Rod and Claire because they wrote one of her cutest behaviors that happened when she said “hello” to people when she was around 3. So, when Flossie was telling Jim Bob about “little Mary Ellen putting her hand on her hip and saying “Hello, Hello, Hello” 3 times - that was exactly how Nikki used to greet good friends when they would visit. Mom said, when the director of that episode was speaking to my Mom just before she was about to do the scene, he mentioned to her that he didn’t think she needed to say hello three times. Rod was on set that day and said to him, “Just let Nora do it her way- I think you will be pleasantly surprised.” Needless to say, when my Mom said the line, she was imitating Nikki and the exact way she said it: 3 times, her hand on her hip and with a lilt in her voice. The director was happy, Mom was happy and Nikki was happy that one of her early greetings was captured on film forever.
Cute story. I can't remember the episode (it may have been the one where Jim-Bob was trying to find out if he was really a Walton), but Jim-Bob and Erin stayed with the Fordwicks in The Burnout. Still, I clearly remember Jim-Bob sitting at the table with Flossie trying to cheer him up with cookies and your mom doing the 'hello' scene - voice, actions, and all. It's even better knowing it was based on real events.
Yes, it was the episode The Secret. I only know this because I just watched it a couple of days ago. Jim Bob was worried that he wasn’t a real Walton. He found out that his brothers and sisters had stayed with Mrs. Brimmer when his mother went to the hospital the night he was born, so he went to her house to ask her about it. This is such a cute story. Thank you for sharing it, flossieskid .