What I like best are the e-mails. It's a big conversation around the kitchen table as someone writes in to say why they hate Gabby and someone else writes in to say Gabby's misunderstood and someone else says, "Lynette needs to dumb Tom!"
They're all these different takes coming in the e-mails and I do enjoy that. I used to watch soaps. In the summer, I had to be "still" for one hour a day. My grandmother would watch us in the summer and I'm very active. And summers in Georgia are very hot. And my grandmother was always afraid I was going to have a heat stroke. So at noon, she'd holler for me to come in and make drink a glass of water, have some lunch and, 'Then, Little Miss, you are going to be still for an hour." So that was 12:30 to 1:30. My grandmother watched NBC but those soaps were whack. So I'd stay in the kitchen and watch As The World Turns on CBS on the little black & white TV they kept in the kitchen.
And though my grandmother no longer watched, she'd ask me, "What happened? Was Lisa on? Lisa's been on that show forever!"
If Lisa was on, she was especially eager to hear what happened. But she was interested anyway. So we'd talk our soap talk and that was a lot of fun. (My sisters did not talk soap talk with her.) (I don't remember if my brother did. I know he watched night time soaps.)
And when I was pregnant all three times, I watched my soaps. I'd get to be too big and just lie in bed watching my soaps. I stuck with CBS because of As The World Turns. When I was in Georgia for Christmas, the first thing my grandmother said to me was, "Betty, you know they canceled your show." No, I did not know that. I knew they'd pulled Guiding Light. But I did not know CBS had also killed As The World Turns. All they have now is the Hot & the Horny (aka Young & Restless). I can't believe that.
If I didn't work outside the home, I'd be pitching a fit. I'd be saying, "Okay what am I going to watch while I'm folding all the laundry?"
But the e-mails remind me of those soap talks with my grandmother.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):