It’s hard for me to get back to writing again since it’s been so difficult to get through these dark days and months. I’ve been a widow now for six months now. Thirty years of marriage is not wiped out easily in a few days or even a few months. Even today I still start to say something and look towards Bill’s chair before I remember that he isn’t there and he will never be there again. Even though this still brings tears to my eyes, there has been help along the way.
This may sound strange, but sometimes help comes from unexpected places. Some of my help came from the Hallmark Channel series called “When Calls the Heart” I do not have the Hallmark Channel so I have only seen the first four seasons on Netflix. I have caught part of season five on You Tube. Daniel Lissing did a wonderful job in building and becoming the character Jack Thornton, the Mountie. Erin Krakow did the same wonderful job in building and becoming her character, Elizabeth Thatcher, the school teacher. Other than the very strong chemistry between the two of them, no other description needs to be told. The first four seasons are still on Netflix.
My original thoughts were to write this as a personal message to Daniel Lissing, except I don’t know how to get a hold of him.
I watch these four seasons almost continually and have for four months now. The reason for that isn’t because I’m a #heartie, which I’m not, I just wanted to let both of them know that how they played their parts affected me during my time of sorrow. Comments made by Lori Mcloughlin on air let me know that I’m not the only one that has been helped through a time of sorrow. For now, I will just keep the type of help, the why’s and the reasons of that help that I received from them a secret to myself.
Now, about all those comments about Jack dying in season five. If you really think about the story line, it was about the right time for Jack’s role to end. We all rooted for Jack and Elizabeth to get engaged, they did. Then we all rooted for Jack and Elizabeth to get married, and they did. Why would Jack be needed for the rest of the series? They got married, and Elizabeth was widowed with child. Jack Thornton will never be forgotten, they will talk about him and his past heroic deeds, and Elizabeth will certainly talk to their child about him, his courage and his heroic deeds. Dan had other things that he wanted to get involved with and no one should want to hold him back from pursuing those goals. Of course he will be missed for quite a while, but this too will pass.
There are many things that would make the show interesting without having the need for Jack himself to still be in the series. I would love to see what happened to Wyatt Weaver (the genius) he graduated at the age of 13 and at 16 could read through college textbooks “as if they were picture books” commented Elizabeth in astonishment to Abigail. He built a model of a machine that would clear out some of the bad air in the mines and help keep the men safer. Elizabeth told him that she would call her father’s patent lawyer and Jack would take a photo to send to them. What happened with that? I for one would like to see those results. What about the dyslexic boy (Beau) who made airplanes from memory? What happened to him as he learned to read, and his father who became amazed at his son as the story revealed he also was unable to read? What about the other kids whose lives Elizabeth changed? I for one would like to see what happened to them.
Who could Elizabeth get to know and fall in love with in time? What about Michael Gleason, the Mountie? He came by twice, once he asked Elizabeth if she wanted him to give Jack a message for her. The other time he came by was when he told Elizabeth that her fiancée talked about her all the time and even showed them her picture. In those brief encounters he revealed that he was under Jack’s command. Suppose he had been under Jack’s command long enough to learn how Jack thought, and some of his leadership skills? Or how about Elizabeth shying away from Mounties altogether since Jack died as one? There are so many scenarios that could be pursued; Jack would eventually fade into the sunset.