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End of an Era…

Sigh.

Goodbye to As The World Turns. I still remember the first time I saw the show, joining some fellow classmates in college who were eating lunch and in my usual style (Hi! Whatcha doin’? Can I come in? Who’s that lady? She looks mean. (Lucinda Walsh)”) I had to ask a lot of questions at first, and get schooled on the characters.  But it was a connection – with a show and with friends who wanted to talk about it. Twenty-five years later, my little slice of escapism has come to a close.  I missed some chunks over the years, but the characters and storylines continued on. In a strange way, it was surprising, how sad it all wound up feeling. Maybe because it was another long thread cut, a thread that connects the years, despite all the changes, the jobs, the moves. Maybe because my father has been in my dreams lately, days I wake up thinking I need to call him, only to remember I can’t.  Certainly they’re not even in the same league of loss, but the older you get, the more you experience it. I think one of the benefits of getting older is perspective, and one of the drawbacks is the melancholy that can accompany change,  and a wistfulness for how we may have done things differently. Things we wish for now are different for what we wished for then, but the world keeps turning.

All good things got to come to an end
The thrills have to fade
Before they come ’round again
The bills will be paid
And the pleasure will mend
All good things got to come to an end

(Jackson Browne)

2 Comments

  1. I remember being a kid and my mom watching it faithfully. She was a SAHM and it was her “lunch break” and in the summertime, or during a time when I was home sick, we’d watch. As you say, you miss a few times and pop back in and the plot would still seem to be going on…and on. I remember how it really messed up mom when they went to the one hour format. There went the whole afternoon! Eeek! I’m going to miss it, too. Not that I ever watch anymore but just to flip channels and run across it and recognize most of the characters and feel that warmth that comes with some things staying the same. Guess that’s something I’m going to have to get over, huh? 🙁

  2. I am catching up on your blog and naturally had to comment. It has been over a month now and I miss them. A lot. I do have to say that I like having my DVR not being as clogged as it has been for the last 10 years. I just miss Luke.. and Reid.. and Lucinda.. and Holden.. and Emma.. and the upcoming Hubbard squash…

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