Do you remember that book, Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? I’m thinking of writing a new book entitled Everything You Need to Know About Adulting Can Be Learned in Outlander!
…But, that’s what Diana’s story does, isn’t it? The lives of her fictional characters hold up a mirror to the human condition and we see ourselves reflected in large and small ways in the tribulations, joys, hopes, and fears of the Frasers, MacKenzies, and extended family. God bless @Writer_DG for helping us, educating us, nurturing us, and diverting us.
Connie here-for-Outlander Sandlin@Yr_Obt_Svt
And, God Bless Outlander Starz for staying true to the spirit of Diana’s story. They too help, educate, nurture and divert us. Parallels. All I can see are parallels! I know the show was filmed a long time ago, but JHRC, it is practically prophetic. How did they KNOW what we would need to see? I simply cannot watch these episodes without making a connection to our lives here and now. This episode, in particular, struck all kinds of chords of recognition.
The colors of our lives are changing…
Claire’s voiceover sets the tone for this study in how coincidental and relevant one show can be:
Time is marked and measured in different ways. The colors of our lives were changing…
Our time is being marked and measured by a virus. Life as we have known it is changing.
We should be there to help each other…
In this episode, we watched the women and men of the ridge pull together, work together, to survive. Many hands are making the load lighter. Fraser’s Ridge is moving into fall with its colors and harvest and preparations for winter. We are moving into a time of preparation too. Like the folks of Fraser’s Ridge many of us are creating the most with what we have, our homes are now our sanctuaries. We are gathering our harvests and preparing for a “winter” of sorts. We are helping others where we can and we are sacrificing our liberties for the greater good. The show reminds us that life, at its most basic, is about providing for and taking care of those we love and care about.
Find a way to make a difference…
Bree and Claire have a heart to heart about a person’s life purpose. She is frightened that she may never be able to find a way to do what she is meant to do because of where and when she is living. Claire tells her that most people live their lives as they find them, as I believe many of us do. A lucky few like Claire know their purpose and it will never change for them. Claire tells her daughter she is an engineer no matter what they would call her in the 1700’s and encourages Bree to find a way to be who she was meant to be. I am thankful for those on our front line. The essential employees, the first responders, the care workers who have a calling and do the job they were meant to do, as Jamie says, “no matter what the cost”.
Crisis can bring us closer
Sometimes we are banded into a brotherhood or sisterhood because we were part of a group that fought and survived together. Through the struggle, we grow to appreciate each others’ strengths and weaknesses and see each other as human. Often, we discover the things that bind us together are far greater than those that separate us. Roger and Jamie are thrown into a crisis together. Dealing with the snake bite acted as a bridge in their relationship. It allowed them the opportunity to look at each other differently. Jamie trusted his thoughts and feelings to Roger and Roger did the same. The crisis gave them the ability to cross over the bridge into understanding and respect for one another. They now share a special bond that only this kind of stress and can engender. I am hopeful that the crisis we all face now will do the same, serve as a bridge to understanding, compassion, and tolerance.
Sometimes life throws us a reality check
Jamie has a fear that Claire will amputate his leg. He has a ‘horror” of it. He makes Claire give her word she will not operate. He does not want to live with half a leg. Claire is devastated. She is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. She is traumatized by her choices. She doesn’t have a cure. Jamie’s fear is real, but sometimes our fears are…selfish. Sometimes we need to be told the truth about ourselves from someone we least expect, but that we know loves us. Ian told his truth to power. Jamie’s actions were born of pride and stubbornness. He needed to take a look at himself. I think this crisis we are living through has caused a lot of us to take a look at our attitudes. We have time to think and nowhere to go! In fact, many are experiencing an existential crisis. Stripped of all our entertainments and ornaments, we are looking at the reality of our lives.
Try not to think about what you lack…
I have decided that Fergus is a life coach extraordinaire:
He understands loyalty, love, and duty.
…That I would depend upon him and he would be there for me…We should be there when he needs us that is all we can do…It is what we should do.
His devotion and gratitude are palpable. He knows what it is like to live without someone to call your own or to know that you are loved. He has an “attitude of gratitude”.
…We try not to think about what we lack, but about what we have…
How we respond to life is a much better barometer of happiness than what actually happens to us. I know a lot of happy and satisfied “poor” people and quite a few unhappy fortunate ones. It isn’t about what you haven’t got, but understanding the value of what you do.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
In the books, Master Raymond touches Claire to heal her. He reaches up inside her and touches her womb, he then asks her to call the “red man”. She screams out Jamie’s name. Raymond seems to know that Jamie is the only thing that can bring her back. Now, … the book describes a blue glow emanating from Raymond’s hands and Claire he says has blue aura…so,… maybe Claire’s “touch” may be more than it seems? However, on his deathbed, Jamie seems to instinctively know that Claire’s touch is the only thing that can bring him back. The intimacy between the two is one of the main reasons I find the books and the show so appealing. I want to believe that such intimacy exists and that one can have a soulmate. It is a rare and beautiful thing to behold.
Jamie claims he came back because Claire needs him. She is moved by this and tearfully jokes, “not because you love me?” Jamie’s response is the ultimate reassurance that despite all that may happen to us in this life love remains…
Whether I’m dead or you, whether we are together or apart, I will always love you.
His love for Claire is a given. Got to say, this scene made me want to be the kind of person whose love is a given not even worthy of discussion.
We all have a choice to go forward or turn back
I was grateful for the happy moments and victories in this episode. I needed it. I was happy that Marsali has a Ma in Claire and Fergus a father. Ian stood up to his Uncle and became the adult in the room and I was happy to see Roger find a way into Jamie’s heart. Their teasing each other was funny and bittersweet. Bree found a way to be an engineer and saved the day and Jamie let go of his pride. And Claire, she gets to love them all.
Thank you to all the Outlander fans that let me use their tweets and pictures. I wanted to add a personal touch to this reflection. I know we are all fearing the loss of our normal lives. I just found out I won’t be going back to teach this year. For many, circumstances and resources have drastically changed. We wonder who will we be now? Jamie had a choice to go forward or turn back. He knows there is a war coming and God made him who he is for a purpose. He will go forward. May we all find our way forward and reach out to each other with love.