Ahh, Jamie Fraser. The man of legend, the kilted lord of fantasy for millions of women all over the world.
The man who always figures things out just in time, who thinks in flashes of brilliance and wavers beautifully from driven fighter to tender lover in mere moments.
Jamie Fraser, he of the red hair, of the piercing blue eyes, of the scarred and battle-worn body given so willingly to any cause deemed worthy of his blood. Jamie Fraser, the wounded man first met in the pages of a book called Outlander.
If you know the show, you'll know him in your heart to have the same likeness as the roguishly handsome Sam Heughan - they'll have blended together seamlessly for you, as Sam is such a perfect portrayal of Jamie. From the Scottish accent and heritage to the fierce-tender combo, to the striking good looks, he shows off everything that Jamie is written to be.
Jamie Fraser. He's protector to his loved ones, his people. His friends, his family.
And his wife, the woman he loves with an unshakable loyalty today's woman only dream of. He suffers to protect her name, to protect her honor, to ensure her safety, to see her provided for, her needs met, and her heart nurtured.
The Outlander series follows him into middle age, where he's done things he's ashamed of, had to adjust and change with the times, had to pick up and start over again more times than any man would care to - and has loved so beautifully through it all. Not only his wife - which is enough to make any woman swoon - but also his children, both natural and adopted. He loves the tenants of his land, the friends he's made over the years, the sister he holds so dear to his own heart. The brother-in-law who is his best friend and one of his most trusted confidantes.
By the end of the series (not counting the book which is currently being written), he is a savvy businessman, an educated politician, a decorated war hero, a proud father and grandfather. But aside from all of those things, he's loyal, he's trustworthy, he's gentle and kind, he's merciful. He's strong, and willing to sacrifice, he's steady and dependable. He's a man unafraid of knowledge and entirely comfortable with books. He learns readily, soaking up information, storing it effortlessly, using it to benefit those in his charge. He sees that his people never go without, sees that all is well for them, and believes in those he trusts to return the favor.
He's strong enough for anyone to lean on, willing to help carry any burden, and never backs down from someone who needs him - but he's not afraid to be vulnerable in his own right either, which is both admirable and adorable. He's beautiful, he's smart.
But beyond all that, the thing that makes him so utterly perfect is that he stays always exactly the man you expected him to be. And I think we can all use a little of that from time to time. For me, that time is today - so I'm going to take a break from working so hard. While my kids are in school, I'm going to shut down and diconnect, unplug from the world and spend some time curled up in bed, just me and my fuzzy dog, a good warm blanket, a hot cup of coffee, and an even hotter Kindle, filled with Outlander books. I'm calling it a mental health day, and I intend to enjoy every second of it.
I hope you have a spectacular Monday! I know I will.
Questions for the Comments Section:
- Have you read Outlander? Why or why not?
- If you have read it, are you as utterly obsessed as I am? Or
are you crazydo you dislike the books?
- If you dislike them, why?