My mother is a true Texan cowgirl at heart. If she had gotten her childhood dream-come-true, then I would probably have grown up on a Texas ranch, enjoying the open hills and tending to horses as my daily chores. Mom loved horses that much. (She still does.)
Instead my father was a part of the Air Force and so our family moved all over the world. Mom followed him wherever he moved to, taking care of us kids as best as she knew how. She was content with her life, but it came as no surprise when I learned a few years ago that her favorite show on Netflix was Heartland. She wanted to share her favorite show with Lacy and me.
Heartland is a Canadian show based after the book series with the same name, which I have never read. Mom’s right: it’s great. And lately, it’s gotten even better. Keep in mind that Netflix keeps us 2 seasons behind so we just finished season 9, but I’m very impressed. It’s a wholesome, clean family show with a great cast. Amber Marshall, Shaun Johnston, Chris Potter, Graham Wardle, and Michelle Morgan, along with one of my favorites in the cast Jessica Steen, make the show a heartwarming inspiration.
Heartland has always been enjoyable, but since the introduction of Alisha Newton, who plays Lou and Peter’s adopted daughter Georgie, the show has become my favorite. Alisha plays her part well, making the social issues and family insecurities of an orphaned foster child very realistic. My favorite characters used to be Lou and Peter, but the past season has moved Georgie into my favorite, along with Amy and Ty, whose relationship I have grown to like very much, recently.
*Major spoiler ahead*
The only complaint that I have with the show comes from a pet peeve that I have. As a child, I had the perfect example of what a self-sacrificing, family-loving woman should be. My mother gave up everything to be married and take the role of being a good wife and mother. I am not saying that the homemaker’s life is for all women; what I am saying is that my mother chose to live the life that she believed God wanted from her, and that my life -as her child- was blessed greatly by that choice she made. And so having parents that have been married for 40 years now, it breaks my heart to see the choices that the show has Lou and Peter make “in the best interest of their children”. The divorce was an injustice: not only for Lou who loved Peter when she discovered his girlfriend in Vancouver; or for Peter when he rediscovered his love for Lou after she had already moved on; but also for Georgie, who had already faced the loss of both parents as well as abandonment issues from her life in foster care. How can her adopted father and mother’s separation and divorce be in her best interest after they had just gotten her over her separation and abandonment issues? (That’s not even getting into little Katie, who will now have to live with a broken home. It’s a tragedy when a child’s parents lose their love for each other.) Unfortunately, divorce is a very rampant reality in our world today: the lie that a person has the right to do whatever makes them feel good, despite the hurt feelings that may occur to all the people around them. It makes me truly sad. :(
All in all though, Heartland is a wonderful story. It’s hard to find a show that’s got true family moral values. But to quote my mom: “Television shows now-days always feel like they have to have a villain that you need to hate; but in Heartland, all of the characters are just normal people with normal everyday family and life issues.” And since every show I choose to watch always has my favorite character go rogue and turn evil, I really couldn’t have said it better myself.