The story of Adam and Eve is probably one of my least favorites in the Bible; however, the factual idea behind it is something I could never let go of. It’s this idea that human beings aren’t designed to be alone. We aren’t meant to live alone — we are meant to interact, we are meant to grow, learn, laugh, cry, and love with other human beings who may either be just like us, or our complete opposites. And that’s why writing about relationships will always be my favorite topic as a writer — there’s something so marvelous and raw about the connections we have with other people — whether they’re platonic or romantic, they matter, and they shape us in ways we can never truly describe.
Also, be sure to check out our Series of the Year | Stranger Things article, as the number one performances, characters, relationships, and moments are all featured there first. They deserved their own special tribute. (There are a lot of things I appreciate about Stranger Things, but it’s the relationships, the pure, indescribable bonds that have profoundly resonated with me to core and have made me cry the happiest tears too many times. They’re now number one for me, of all time. Yes, of all time.)
As always, my beautiful, remarkably wise friends Katie (Nerdy Girl Notes) and Heather (TV Examined) have a number of phenomenal choices for their Best of 2017 reviews. Be sure to head on over there stat.
March 26-April 1
“My Heart Will Go On” | When Calls the Heart
It’s been a wild yet quiet week with Once Upon A Time’s heartbreaking episode and Madam Secretary’s intriguing hour following on Sunday. The Flash gave us one shocking twist after another. The Americans once again dealt with Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage beautifully. And Chicago P.D. broke our hearts 20-times more than before. But it was When Calls the Heart which left me bawling for an entire hour with a mixture of happy and sad tears.
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.