Friday, October 17, 2008

Familiar Friends

Last night I got to spend the evening with Kristine, a dear friend from college days and Jodi’s middle namesake. Kristine lives in Colorado now and we’re lucky if we get to see each other once or twice a year. But the thing I love about true friends, or kindred spirits as Anne Shirley would say, is that it never matters how long it’s been or what experiences you’ve had since you saw each other last; the friendship doesn’t suffer. It’s still familiar and fun to spend time together. Parting ways again is always bittersweet. You’re happy to have had even a short time together and sad to realize you’re not sure when that will happen again.

So today I am feeling a bit gloomy that Kristine doesn’t live right here in my town, and I’m kicking myself that I forgot to take any pictures last night. The one up to the left is of us in Colorado in July.

I know I’ve really enjoyed a great book or series when the ending is bittersweet. I’m happy to see the story complete, but I’m sad that the time with the characters is over. That’s why there are some books I like to read again and again to “hang out” with familiar characters. Some of my favorite series because of this are The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, and The Zion Covenant series by Brock and Bodie Thoene.

What are your favorite books and series because of characters you loved to spend time with?


Cecelia Dowdy said...

I also read the Little House series countless times when I was a kid. It was one of my favorite series. I also enjoyed Janette Oake's Love Comes Softly series. Haven't read the Zion Covenant series, so I'll need to keep that one in mind.

Erica Vetsch said...

Def. the LIH series. Laura was one of my best friends growing up...a lot of my best friends were book characters when I was a kid. Anne of Green Gables, The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley, and anything by Glenn Balch or Leland Silliman.

As I've grown older, I've realised that lifelong friends are rare and precious, and I'm learning to cherish those relationships for the treasures they are. It is so nice that you and Kristine could get together.

Myra Johnson said...

Without question my lifetime favorite book characters come from The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I'm also fond of the sisters in Little Women, especially Jo because she wanted to be a writer, too.

Annie said...

My favorite characters of all time are the four Pevensie children in the Chronicles of Narnia -- Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.

Since my mom first read these books to my brother and me as small kids, they've been a part of my life.

CatMom said...

I LOVE the classics! Two in particular are LITTLE WOMEN (I named my first daughter Amy) and REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (I named my second daughter Rebecca). There's also a "Jo" in Little Women, which just happens to be my middle name*grin*. And I could say "in honor of" Anne of Green Gables, my kiddos ALL have RED HAIR - LOL!! (Love those books too). ~ Blessings, Patti Jo Moore

Sarah said...

I know what you mean. A little while back I had a disappointing realization: Clark and Marty aren't real! I felt kind of sad,so now I just try not to think about that.

I love the Road to Avonlea television series. I have them all on DVD and my husband was asking the other day why we've never watched the last one.... Because I would have to watch the series end, and I love it too much to do that to myself.

I think I've always been one to get so sucked into the story that it seems real. My parents tell me that as a pre-schooler, I went through a phase where I prayed for Moses' mother Jocabed every night. Of course, she was real, but beyond the need for my little prayers. But I think God still knew my heart.

I haven't found myself praying for my characters yet, but if I'm too sleepy some morning, I could see it happening. :)

Darlene Franklin said...

I have to agree with Myra. Absolutely the 7 members of the Fellowship of the Ring. I still call my best friend from college "Legolas." (And I'm Gimli.)

In secular fiction, two books stand out. Recently I read The Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters with bittersweet feelings. The Peabody/Emerson clan feel like part of my family (and I personally think Ramses Emerson is one of the most romantic heros in all of fiction.)

The Time-Traveller's Wife leaves me in tears every time I read it. Absolutely the best romance I have ever read, and I always hope there can be a happier ending for Claire and Henry. (warning: there is fairly explicit sexual content.)

Mary Connealy said...

Hey, there. I have been soooooooooooooooooooooooo
absent for a while. Sorry. Fun to catch up.

I've been MIA giving my WIP some TLC. LOL