Bonjour, Coeurs! That’s the closest I could get. No, I’m not doing a French theme or anything, I just wanted to do something different to catch your attention in the greeting. 😉 So now that I have it, it’s FRIDAY! And welcome to yet another Fatherly Moment for #FlashbackFriday. If you read last Friday’s post, then you may or may not have caught a hint as to what duo is being highlighted today. Does anyone remember? Think “knuckle ball”…
DeWitt Graves and Caleb Dunbar! A beautiful example of how a blended family with rough beginnings can have spectacular results. And as an added bonus, DeWitt is introduced in the same episode we meet Billy Hamilton. “Why should we care?” you’re saying. Well, Billy Hamilton is played by actor Andrew Walker, and he plays lots of good guys too. Tomorrow he stars with Jack Wagner (Bill) and Josie Bissett (AJ) in Wedding March 4; that’s nice timing, isn’t it?
So, back to Dewitt. He really is such a good man; anyone can see that the first time he’s onscreen. It’s also pretty obvious that he’s made for Mary when he steps in to help pick up the cans she drops, then pays for her groceries. But there’s still Caleb to deal with. It’s rough being a man coming into a ready-made family, especially when the late father was such a hero. But DeWitt doesn’t give up! He’s smart enough to understand that he’s not just marrying the woman. Like any man trying to get in good with a young boy, he finds common interests with Caleb, then makes himself invaluable by teaching new skills in those domains. Good thing DeWitt’s good at them! He knows his way around baseball, and teaches Caleb the knuckle ball. A sure-fire way to strike out a batter? Every boy’s dream! And even though Caleb refuses, I think he was secretly impressed that Dewitt made his own lures.
Even though DeWitt scores big points, Caleb is quick to get frustrated with him at every turn, not to mention gets downright rude. But how humble was DeWitt to apologize to Caleb for “playing a pretend father” when he hadn’t really done anything wrong; and then he completely opens up about his past with his father taking off so Caleb understands why he wants to be his friend so much. Finally, the ice is broken, and Caleb allows himself to begin a friendship with him.
I love the way things come full circle at their wedding in Season 2? Do you remember what Caleb said right after Mary and DeWitt kissed? “I have a new dad!” All their hearts are mended, and they can be a family; a true happy ending. And with that, we’ve reached the ending of today’s blog. I do apologize it came so late; another crazy day. 🙂 Enjoy Wedding March 4 tomorrow, and I’ll see you Monday!