10 Reasons I'll Miss As the World Turns
1. There will be nothing to look forward to.
Like a no-calorie dessert,ATWTwas always a treat I had waiting at the end of the day (especially after the advent of VCRs, DVRs, Internet recaps and replays). I'm not afraid to admit to accessing hotel lobby computers or sneaking peeks atSoap Opera Digestin the supermarket checkout line when my life prohibited enjoying my version of a daily bonbon.
2. No one will be filling in for the family I don't have.
Since my extended family can be counted on one hand,ATWTdelivered the familial drama, joys and annoyances I lacked. (A petty argument with my sister could never live up to one of those epic Hughes-Stewart feuds.) Relatives were often the cause of missteps and almost always the reason to make amends.
3. It was reassuring to know I'm not the only one with issues.
Life onATWTwas never smooth sailing and happiness never lingered long. Just as Katie seemed ready to move on or Dusty and Janet would get together at last, something interceded to extend the suspense or give the writers time to cook up yet another disaster. I'm sure it wasn't a coincidence that one of the most-used sets was Oakdale Memorial Hospital (though no one ever had to wait in the emergency room). As unrealistic as they were, it was nice to know someone else's worries were worse than mine.
4. The fun of wondering when they actually "worked" will be gone.
Although Margo and Jack were both detectives with the Oakdale PD, they seemed to have their hands full investigating the doings of the Stewart, Hughes and Snyder families—and no one else in town. Even Lucinda Walsh of Worldwide Industries never did much at her big desk except come out from behind it. And when did anyone cook, do laundry, go to the dentist or watch a soap opera?
5. When else can I marvel at the wonders of teleporting?
There's a special soap opera method of transport that can whisk a character from Illinois to Paris and back again in time to onlyslightlymiss his wedding…all on the same day. I got a particular kick out of watching how parts of New York City filled in for Chicago or the South of France. Occasionally the crew actually traveled to Pittsburgh, Branson and elsewhere. It was always a little jarring to see the characters in "real" light with wind blowing at their perfectly coiffed heads, but I gave the show's creators credit for their attempts at reality.
6. There were lessons to be learned in watching the characters extricate themselves from seemingly insurmountable predicaments.
Somehow I knew Barbara would escape from her warehouse prison where she was trapped with nothing but old Halloween candy to eat and a giant clown doll for company. I like to think this taught me how to be more resilient and never give up.
7. Many of the stars were experts at growing old with grace.
I admit to a bit ofschadenfreudein seeing how the actors withstood the years. Emma is most definitely not the Hollywood starlet she was in the '60s and Lisa has certainly had some (perhaps ill-advised) "work" done, but Kim has definitely aged gracefully. It's as much of a shock to see flashbacks of their younger selves as it is to see my own snapshots in family albums. Drat—that Barbara hasn't gained a pound or aged a year!
8. Daytime commercials are a show in and of themselves.
During prime time, you'll never see ads for cleaning products that leave your house sparkling and yogurts that do the same for your digestive system. Though I mostly fast-forwarded them nowadays, I'll miss seeing Jamie Lee Curtis or hearing, "That's the power of Pine-Sol, baby!"
9. There's nothing better than art that imitates life.
When Colleen Zenk underwent treatment for oral cancer, so did her character; both have continued to inform and educate the public about the disease. While it's soap opera prerogative to switch actors when characters return from years in a coma or other exile,ATWTtastefully dispatched and did not replace one character whose actor committed suicide. Likewise, an actor who was with the show from its inception recently died at age 91, as did her character. Both were given a loving tribute.
10. The journey was truly the destination.
Though I was always a voyeur, I lived in their lives as surely as I lived in my own. I fear that withoutATWT,my life will seem a little…well, duller in comparison.
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