Happy Friday & Saturday, wonderful Hearties! Sorry for the delay. It was a very booked day yesterday, and I made an executive decision that my family needed to come before the blog. Hope you can forgive the tardiness, especially since this network is all about family, right? (Hint, hint) 😉 Also, my second watch party was this morning, so I thought today would be a great opportunity to share the pictures.
How was your week? Full disclosure: I composed part of this while sitting at the dentist’s office. 😀 Daniel Lissing’s Hallmark Channel Christmas movie “A December Bride” comes to mind – “Your dentist knows you better than that guy!” There’s your speck of humor for the day. You can now say that you at least laughed once today…or smiled…half…okay, barely smiled ruefully, but I’m counting it if the corners of your mouth twitched up the slightest bit!
Thursday: what a busy day! First of all, this little guy turned 3!
There are so many fun things about this happening, beyond the fact that he’s cute. We named him William Lee; so without meaning to, we named him after two WCTH characters! 😀 (That’s especially gratifying because my husband is not what you’d call “the show’s biggest fan”, and he chose both names.) The other fun fact is I was pregnant with him when I first FOUND this series, and his birthday coincidentally lands on Erin Krakow’s birthday. How fun is that?!
And that brings me to today. Time to finish out Erin’s birthday spotlight week with #FlashbackFriday. This choice of flashback may come as a surprise to many, especially at the end of a birthday week. But I felt so drawn to this moment, to explore it more fully. I think I gravitated toward this moment because of all the birthday tweets I saw; all of the comments about how kind and caring Erin is, how unselfish. So I thought, would highlight an Elizabeth moment when she showed the most selflessness: comforting Opal during her own time of ultimate grief.
We don’t need to be reminded as to why Elizabeth is grieving; we all know. And it’s the most heartbreaking time EVER! She’s completely beside herself…and so is Opal. The problem is, no one can figure out the problem with HER. Rosemary doesn’t know where or to whom she can turn…except Elizabeth. You hear Rosemary’s hesitation to even approach Elizabeth, but ever the serving one, Elizabeth beckons her in, and tells her to just get to the point and ask. She even asks who’s watching the children, something she’d been too numb to ask on the first visit, and she’s downright shocked to hear it’s Henry Gowen.
This scene is done so well, because it shows transition. Elizabeth isn’t wearing black, which implies she’s feeling a little more life-like, so her manner and speech are still very subdued. Then she asks about the children, even though she hadn’t been ready to go back on her first attempt. The best part though, is she reaches down, and thinks outside herself, even as she is blanketed with grief. She becomes immediately worried at the thought that something has happened to “dear little Opal”, and recalls in her memory, almost instantly, what she knows of Opal’s behavior. Then in the biggest act of unselfishness, she agrees to talk to the poor little girl. She just has to take a deep breath to gear herself up for the conversation.
At first I wondered why a scene as serious as this would take place in a “frivolous” place like the dress shop; it didn’t seem appropriate. But then I realized, maybe they were trying to meet on neutral ground; making it appear like a chance meeting so Opal wouldn’t suspect anything, and thereby, help her be more open.
Photo credit: Crown Media
At last we have it, the scene that shows us the first big leap in Elizabeth’s healing process: helping someone else heal. She gently encourages Opal to talk without pushing her, and you can see the relief in her face at the discovery of the child’s inner turmoil. Because as a teacher, once Elizabeth knows what the problem is, she can fix it. And she does. Not only does she soothe Opal’s worry that Jack knew how grateful she was that he saved her life, but she shares a deeply personal experience to show Opal the commonality between them. She even has a small smile for the nostalgic occurrence. My favorite part of this scene, besides Elizabeth sharing her romantic memory of Jack saving her, is at the very end. It’s barely audible, but Opal sighs when she hugs Elizabeth. She is comforted knowing that her burden has been lifted, Jack knew of her gratitude, and she will forever have something in common with her beloved teacher.
Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend. Here is the picture of the birthday cake I made to celebrate our lovely lady’s birthday. Do you think she liked it? Enjoy! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!