Hello, friends! Happy Monday! And Happy Back to School Week! I know some of you may already gone back, and others of you don’t start for weeks, but my kids start this Thursday (YES!) So, welcome to #MeetYouMonday, Back to School edition.
I apologize that there was no post on Friday; that’s when our tax-free weekend began. And with an almost-third-grade daughter who’s outgrown all her clothes, and a daughter who’s becoming a brand new kindergartener, (then buying my boys new shoes), you can imagine that it took all day…because it did.
So, back to the topic at hand. Because of this amazing group of people, I’ve gotten to know some pretty amazing people. One of those people is Miss Rebecca Brister. So she has kindly agreed to humor me, and spill her life story for today’s #MeetYouMonday. And since it’s Back to School Week, she added a few school memories to boot. Enjoy meeting this lovely lady.
1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
-I was born in Mississippi, but my dad was transferred to Wyoming for his job. So we moved here when I was 8 years old, and have been here ever since.
2. Tell us about your family.
-It’s been just my mom, dad, brother, and I for many years. Most of my family still remains in the south, and though we visit, we aren’t able to see them as much as I would like. I was one of only 2 children. My brother Adam is 4 years older than I. We’re a very close family, and love to do things together.
Rebecca and her family
3. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
-Unfortunately, I am unemployed right now. I worked at a retail jewelry store for almost 8 years, but earlier this year, the company went out of business. So I am currently looking for new employment. As far as hobbies go, I love to read (predominantly Christian fiction or old classics), listen to music (southern gospel, instrumental, some opera), and watch Hallmark movies…or other movies that are clean and family-friendly. I also love the outdoors. Living in Wyoming, we have access to some of the most beautiful scenery, and I love to see it. I love to go boating, camping, and just riding. I didn’t attend college, but I loved any kind of English or literature or history class in school.
4. How did you find/discover WCTH?
-I had watched all the Love Comes Softly series, and absolutely loved them; so I became a fan of Michael Landon Jr.’s work. I had watched his dad in Bonanza, and Little House on the Prairie, of course, but hadn’t known much about Michael Jr. I continued to keep up with his work, and watched the pilot movie when it was released. I loved the pilot so much that I was hesitant when I realized that the series was going to be quite a bit different than the movie. But after seeing 2 episodes I was hooked. (See what she did there. 😉 )
5. What is your favorite episode? Season?
-The wedding episode in season 5 is fantastic, of course; and being a Lucas fan, I loved several in season 6. But my ultimate favorite episode is from season 3: “Prayers from the Heart” where Jack is on the verge of death, and the town rallies and has prayer for him. Then he awakens the next day, I believe. I love any portrayal of prayer, and its power on the show. This was a wonderful example of it.
-I must say that the first season, as a whole, was my favorite. I enjoyed the attention to detail of that time period, and I always enjoy getting to know characters as they’re introduced, and figuring them out.
6. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
-Ohhh, this is hard! Without being too cliché, I have to say Elizabeth. Her interactions with the children are heartwarming, and she’s a wonderful teacher. I admire that. She’s confident and strong, but still feminine and sensitive. I also like Lee and his common sense approach to life. He’s very grounded. And as of season 6, Lucas is right up there. 😊 Sorry that was 3 characters.
7. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
-I love the show because of the strong faith element, personally. The foundation of the show was built on the Lord, the Bible, and prayer; and I find that so admirable in this day. There are almost always lessons to be learned from the episodes. They’re not simply empty plotlines with no moral. They teach the viewer something. But the stories and characters are compelling, they keep you intrigued, and wanting more. They’re well-written and balanced, and you feel as if you personally know these people. I love the time period also. It was a more simple time in many ways, and I think I simply fit in that era better than now. 😊
8. Favorite school memory?
-I don’t have one single one, but really a conglomerate of memories. Haha! My friends and I were obsessed with musical theatre, drama, and choir. I was never brave enough to actually participate in those activities, other than choir, but I was a loyal viewer! I have many wonderful memories of going to see musicals and plays at our local high school and community college…sometimes all 3 nights that it ran.
Rebecca and her friend Brittney
9. Favorite subject? Hardest subject?
-I loved English or literature classes, and I also enjoyed history. I especially loved Civil War history and the Revolutionary War period. I however, was not a math whiz. I was okay up until sophomore year in high school and then I realized just how much I disliked math. I really struggled after that. Haha!
Isn’t she great? Rebecca thought her answers were too lengthy, but I thought they were perfect! So have a great rest of your day. I’ll see you on Friday for our Back to School edition of #FlashbackFriday. My girls will be IN school, so I’ll be able to actually do it. 🙂 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!