CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

September 26, 2011

Monday Mourning Over All My Children: The Soap Opera

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MONDAY MOURNING OVER ALL MY CHILDREN:

The Soap Opera

 

     Forty one years.

     For forty one years it has been a constant in my life.

     That’s how long I’ve watched the soap opera All My Children. That’s how long All My Children has been aired on ABC.

     Now that it’s canceled, what will I do at 1:00 p. m. today?

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      In a sense, the characters have been like an extended family. I know them equally as well as I know some of my siblings. In some cases, I know them better. In other cases, less.  We’ve relocated numerous times. When leaving a community, relationships are broken. When arriving in a new community, new relationships must be made. Both dynamics take time. Meanwhile, the characters on All My Children have followed me, have remained constant, have helped ease each move. And my husband, Monte, who doesn’t watch the program, has had an ongoing (more…)

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September 20, 2011

A House Frau Loses the Soap All My Children

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A HOUSE FRAU LOSES THE SOAP ALL MY CHILDREN

A Skit

     Hi y’all. Surprised?

     I entered the “stage” dressed in my maroon, faux fur robe and tan faux leather slippers. My head was encircled with a tan tie that had white polka-dots. I was carrying a dark olive green coverlet, a romance book, a corked partially-full bottle of white wine, and a folded-up lounge lawn chair.

     You usually see me dressed nicely, but this is my typical look.

     I tried to open up the chair, but it was contorted and wouldn’t cooperate. A kind man in the audience fixed it for me, before I fell into it, raising the bottle in the air.

     I bet you thought I was always working. Boy, do I have you fooled.

     I nested into the lounge chair, spreading the blanket over my lap. The kind man pulled it over my feet as I looked around.

     What? No TV????

     Actually, I’m just your typical house-frau, laying on my living room couch in my bathrobe, eating chocolate covered (more…)

April 18, 2011

“All My Children:” Susan Lucci & Erica Kane

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

ALL MY CHILDREN: SUSAN LUCCI & ERICA KANE 

     Erica has been “the other woman” in my husband’s life for almost forty years.

     In spite of the fact that he does no more than occasionally glance at her soap opera episodes—especially now that she is entering her eleventh valid marriage—I’m sure he will miss her beauty and pizzazz.

     He’s unaware that Erica Kane will disappear from our television set after September 2011. I only caught the news as I was about to put our computer to sleep for the night: ABC network is canceling both All My Children (and One Life to Live).

     Lest you conclude that I lounge on my couch all day in my comfortable ‘jammies with my hair up in rollers, nibbling on Reese’s peanut butter cups and indulging in an array of chocolate candies while I watch soap operas, I want to tell you that neither Monte nor I are fans of these programs.

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     My memories of soaps goes back to my childhood, when my grandmother listened to Stella Dallas on the radio soap. As I grew up, graduated from high school and college, held jobs, and married, I never expected to be an avid fan of a soap opera.

     Both All My Children and my daughter, Sandy, celebrated their (more…)

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