Hello, all! How’s Friday been for you? Good, I hope! Welcome to the final installment of June’s #FlashbackFriday Fatherly Moments. I’m going to warn you now, today’s a bit of a doozy. That’s what happens when you start off with a bang, right?

Today, we’re going to talk about Jack and his dad. I know, I know, what CAN be going on inside my head? But I couldn’t let June go by without it.  

I love when Jack shares memories about his father. You can tell Daddy was his hero, and he meant a lot too him. There are several times that Jack brings up his revered father, but I chose the episode when he opens up to Cody about losing him. That one really hit home for me. First of all, Cody is beginning to look up to Jack as a father figure, so he’s more apt to listen to him. Then Cody finds out that Jack has perfect empathy for his pain, since he lost his father too. It’s a very touching scene, especially when the pain manifests itself right on Jack’s face, and in his eyes. It’s as if it happened yesterday, and the pain is still fresh. We as audience members really get a feel for how the loss of Jack’s father affected him. As Annie in “The Parent Trap” so eloquently put it: “A dad is an irreplaceable person in a girls life.” Obviously, he’s irreplaceable in a boy’s life too, as seen by Jack’s sorrow, and the fact that he followed in his footsteps to make him proud.

Now, with this being today’s topic, our minds can only naturally turn to the ultimate “what if” scenario; you know the one I mean. “What if Jack had lived to be a father?” We all can imagine it, I’m sure. That million-dollar smile followed by a laugh of pure joy, that is, after the look of shock and shaky voice confirming the news. And no Jack and Elizabeth interaction of this magnitude would be complete without him twirling her in the air, placing his hands on each side of her face, telling her how much he loves her, her returning the sentiment, and then wrapping things up with one of those earth–stopping kisses.

We’ve already caught a glimpse of how gently he held an infant when the character of Carla gave birth to her twins in Season 1. Imagine that magnified about tenfold when it’s his own child! That smile and laugh would return, only on a gentler scale, not to mention a gentle kiss to Elizabeth’s sweaty forehead. And before we received the news of Daniel Lissing’s departure, I used to envision writing a fan fiction story about Elizabeth having trouble in childbirth. We could see those eyebrows knit together with that signature look of worry and concern while he held her hand, then see him go out of his mind with fear as she lay unconscious. And of course, he wouldn’t leave her side, like she wouldn’t leave his in Season 3. (That’s how I got the idea in the first place.)

Since we can’t have that, please enjoy these pictures featuring my own Baby Jack. We can imagine he is Baby Thornton. Have a great weekend! See you Monday for our very first blog post of July!  

Photo credit: Crown Media and Me
Edit: Mary Sexton Schmidt
Photo credit: Crown Media and Me
Edit: Mary Sexton Schmidt
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