25 Nearest and Dearest 16/25
Abigail Stanton and Elizabeth Thatcher (When Calls the Heart)
Accidentally stumbling onto a series is perhaps one of the most serendipitous things that could happen to a TV fan. When Calls the Heart is a gift I did know I needed, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving remarkably. When Calls the Heart brings friendships to life in a way that’s so beautifully written, it leaves me crying after almost every episode. (Happy tears, of course.) From the very first episode, Abigail Stanton’s warmth and grace spoke to my soul. The instantaneous kindness she showed Elizabeth when she moved to Coal Valley was inspiring. And Elizabeth’s spirit weaved beautifully with her longing for adventure was just what Abigail needed. Abigail Stanton and Elizabeth Thatcher are the kind of women with endless love to give thereby, finding one another was a gift neither of them ever knew they needed. And in beautifully profound ways, the friendship they found within one another completed them in ways they’d never expected.
The people of Coal Valley are often extremely great to one another, but the friendship between Abigail and Elizabeth is special. The two women have been through a lot in their lives, but their journey in finding one another has resulted in the healing of their hearts in beautifully unexpected ways. In the midst of trying times, Abigail and Elizabeth were there for one another through it all. Although families are irreplaceable, Elizabeth’s presence in Abigail’s life undoubtedly helped heal the wounds left behind by her husband and son’s death. Elizabeth brought warmth and heart into Coal Valley giving Abigail the chance to lean on someone else for once. For so long, she’s only ever taken care of people — opened her home and café to those who’ve needed a place, but with Elizabeth, she knows without a shadow of a doubt that she has someone who’ll be there to the end. And that’s what makes their friendship so spectacular — the equality with them is profound in numerous ways. It doesn’t matter if the town ever chooses to turn against any of them because at the end of the day, knowing their friend well enough, the two will always choose each other.
When Elizabeth first came to Coal Valley, no one believed in the fact that she’d be successful as a teacher, but Abigail stood by her side from the very beginning welcoming her in and making sure she knew that there’s someone with faith in her. Belief in any shape or form has the potential to move mountains. And belief in a person can give them the strength they need in order to conquer whatever lies in their path. Abigail’s ceaseless belief in Elizabeth has beautifully empowered Elizabeth with the faith that she’s perfectly equipped to take on the tasks in front of her. As unfortunate as it is, even Elizabeth’s parents didn’t believe in her for a while, but Abigail never once doubted the fact that her friend was special — even after she burned food.
Sometimes, two people will find each other at a point in their lives where they need one another most. And no friendship is more beautiful than the ones that occur at our darkest times. The friendships we come to find when we’ve lost a great deal tend to be the ones that remain in our lives forever. Abigail and Elizabeth have serendipitously found that beautiful friendship in one another. And since the very first episode of When Calls the Heart, Abigail and Elizabeth have looked out for one another showcasing that the truest friendships are the honest, loyal, and most loving ones. The two have inevitably found a sister-like figure in the other who’ll undoubtedly be in their lives forever. Abigail and Elizabeth have found a home in one another — a place where they can be themselves without the fear of judgment allowing them both to become the very best versions of themselves. And that type of home can only be found in the best of friendships, the choice to be someone’s family. Two of the kindest women in Coal Valley were bound to find one another at their weakest and stay together at their strongest. And thus, the kind of friendships that end in growth often leave the most lasting impressions on viewers. I’m a firm believer in the fact that if you have at least one great friend in your life, then you’ve succeeded. Abigail and Elizabeth have succeeded, and I can’t wait to see more of the two when the series resumes for season four.