A Charaid

Vernon fed cows and worked on the hay feeder that’s broken.  I’m not good at mechanic work other than “Hand me that 3/4″ socket” and I do as I’m instructed… It’s a great deal of standing around for me, so I worked inside on my house, doing the normal daily slog that must be done… plus a couple of craft projects I can share when I take photos.

Other than that, tonight I watched the last two episodes of my latest favorite television show… and now, of course, here I sit with puffy eyes and stuffy nose from crying.

Don’t ask me why.  I’ve read the books, I know what happens for heaven’s sake!!! But I do believe that they have done a marvelous job at transferring Diana Gabaldon’s books to the small screen.

Anyone else a fan of the Outlander series???

I’m actually re-reading the books (they’re huge and detailed and wonderful historical fiction – even more interesting since I discovered my family heritage parallels much of the story), having devoured them when they first appeared twenty years ago.  It is quite the journey, and I’m not talking about the storyline!  I read them then as a different person.  What I could have told you about the plot and what I remember most of the books, is not really what stands out to me now.

I understand more of love, loss, motherhood, family, death, and choices.

Re-reading is like visiting with an old friend and discovering a new part of their life you knew nothing about.  Discovering more information is fun and intriguing and shocking and addictive.

There are some books I’ve read and re-read… not many, but some.  Usually, I try to stay on top of some new ones just so I can make recommendations at my job!  But I am seriously enjoying Ms. Gabaldon’s books once again.  Even more, I’d give kudos to the producers, writers, directors, and especially, the actors in Outlander for bringing these books to life… although I’m sure my opinion is a drop in the ocean of their fandom.

The furnace clicks on, fighting the winter that lurks outside.  The great owl calls to its mate in the cottonwoods overhanging my house.  My eyes see my cluttered desk, and clothes I’ve yet to fold, but my heart rumbles with the artillery on Culloden Moor, at the smoke and the waste, the loss of life and love.  But beyond that, the author also gives us the gift of life and love and hope.  For in all this world, do we not whirl around in a dance giving and taking, loving and hating, hoping and despairing, living and dying?  It is the way of this world, and Diana Gabaldon can tell its heart wrenching story better than most.

I’m ready to return to the next pages and I’ll wait for Season Three.

Tapadh leat, a charaid.


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A Charaid — 7 Comments

  1. Isn’t it great when a TV program gives us such pleasure. Not one I have watched, but my US friend has mentioned it often. Still waiting for Longmire S5 to come to 5USA here in UK. So for now the best on TV is starting at 8pm. The new series of ‘Call the midwives’. If this is new to you google it. A wonderful, at times frightening look at the work of midwives in the East End of London in the late 50s early 60s. Gosh how things have changed. There will be laughter and tears.

  2. Working our way slowly through Season 2. They have done an amazing job moving the book to film. Captivating. So excited to find another Outlander fan!

    • I am thrilled when they do things straight out of the book, but I understand when it can’t be done, as well. It’s a great show!

  3. I too started reading Outlander 25 years ago. I feel in love with Diana’s storytelling and character development. Her characters love, live, and grow older together. I deeply admire Diana. My friend and I used to pretend we were casting the actors for a show. We thought it would never happen. We are thrilled with the adaptation to the small screen and the actors who portray these beloved characters.

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