Saying Goodbye To Soaps

| April 20, 2011 | Comments (7)

‘Tis the end of an era’ sounds so cliche but those were the words that came to my mind when I heard that ABC was cancelling two of it’s long running soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live.

Both shows have been a big part of my life since the summer of 1973, when my new sister-in-law and I bonded over lunch and soap operas in my mother’s kitchen.  Everyday, like clockwork, we’d grab our plates and pull our chairs around the table to tune into the latest happenings in Pine Valley and Llanview.

As an inquisitive eleven year old I was quickly lured in.  Watching the drama unfold before me for a half hour every weekday I was soon hooked on these fictional characters and their story lines.

Before VCRs, I kept up with my glamorous friends on school holidays and summer vacation.  When summer required getting a job, my coworkers and I tuned the lunch room TV to ABC or listened to the audio portion on a radio that picked up TV stations.  In 1983, I finally purchased a VCR and then for a while I religiously taped the episodes daily and watched them every evening when I returned home from work.

The familiar characters were like an extension of my own family.  Over the years I watched countless weddings, births, medical tragedies, and baby switches.  I became educated on many topics such as legalized abortion, cosmetic surgery, homosexuality and AIDS.

I grew up with these characters, I laughed when they laughed and I cried when they cried.  Even people mostly men who denied watching soap operas would join in the conversation as I shared and compared the stories with my real life friends and family.

Although I no longer watched as faithfully as I’d had in the past, I could always drop in and check on my friends and very much like real life, I’d soon be caught up with their latest adventures.

And now sadly, I must bid farewell to my friends in Pine Valley and Llanview.  Thank you for the beautiful memories that will live on in my heart.

At least I can still connect with those in Port Charles.

for now…

 

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About Rita aka Megryansmom: Former Northwest side resident Rita is mom and step mom to four adult children and one furbaby. She and her husband Tony currently call Joliet home. Rita finds herself rediscovering all things infant and preschooler as she provides daycare for two of her grandsons, ages 4 and 10 months. During naptime, Rita can be found sharing amusing stories and some fun giveaways at her personal blog Look It's Megryansmom and you can find her on Twitter @megryansmom. View author profile.

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  1. mom-mom-mom says:

    I am with you: It really is an end of an era! I used to schedule my college classes around my soap schedule. (I am sure my parents would be so proud.)

    Long live Erica Kane and her 2375 husbands!

  2. Dwana says:

    I’m still a bit in shock. I think ABC made a bad move and I have no more reason to watch them. Sadly, I remain a tad bitter yet thankful for all the years of fun and adventure. Life without Todd Manning? John McBain, Tad wow, I may have to eat my way out of this one, tee hee!

  3. lceel says:

    I used to watch ‘All My Children’ – a LONG time ago. But that conniving b**ch Erica made me crazy. So crazy, I just got to the point where I couldn’t watch it anymore. I think I actually HATED Erica – which just goes to show you how good an actress Susan Lucci actually is.

  4. I never watched either of those. I was a Days girl in college but haven’t watched in YEARS

  5. Shari says:

    I just read that there’s an advertiser backlash about the soaps being cancelled. I realize the ratings might not be great, but do we really need another talk show?

  6. dana says:

    I was watching ALL MY CHILDREN when the phone rang with news that my mother had an accident at her house and would I get there quickly….

    I was never able to watch that show again. The interest in the “stories” were suddenly tainted by the stories of LIFE.

    And a few months ago I tuned in. Imagine my surprise when Erica mentioned her upcoming nuptials.

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