June 13th is Richard Thomas' 64th birthday, the actor who will forever be immortalized in my mind as dear old John Boy. :-)
I've grown up watching The Waltons from the time I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and they all seem like family to me. John Boy has always been my imaginary older brother, my childhood crush, my hero. There are so many reasons why I love him. Here are a few of the many...
John Boy's a dreamer. He has big ideals, high hopes, and he hopes to be a famous writer someday.
He may be upset for a while, but it's never long before he's smiling again. :-)
He wears nerdy glasses and argyle sweaters.
He isn't afraid to be bold for what's right. He yells at people when he needs to.
He loves listening to stories, and gets inspired by his family all the time.
John Boy knows how to have fun. He's really just a kid at heart.
He's kind and considerate to every girl he's ever met.
He gets really excited about things.
He knows how to argue well.
|Olivia's not smoking, just so you know. I think that's a pen or something.|
He sits cross-legged on the sofa.
He prints his own newspaper.
He calls Elizabeth 'honey'. He's nice to all his sisters.
He's always so earnest about his feelings.
John Boy really loves his family.
He also sings 'Loch Lomond' with old ladies, helps deliver babies, wins horse races riding on mules, helps his family keep business deals, makes speeches, and writes books, and is pretty much the nicest guy you're ever bound to meet.
Happy birthday, John Boy. You'll always be my darling.