I can’t believe I’m going to tell you this!
I’ve chosen today to blab about my secret because I need some serious frivolity in my life. I’m going a little batty in this heat, trapped inside my condo with the AC cranked up. Plus I’m exhausted from listening to recent world events and disgusted by what I’m seeing in U.S politics. So bear with me as I create a diversion and tell you something I never talk about. Something I thought would go to the grave with me. Something I hide in my biggest sock under the bed.
Just say it!
Okay here goes…I love watching The Young and the Restless. There, I’ve said it and now my secret is in your hands.
I’ve been a fan of this soap opera for over 35 years. Obviously when I was working, I wasn’t a regular viewer as we didn’t have PVR’s back then and thankfully I had no idea how to work our VCR. But occasionally I would catch up and see an episode or two during holidays or on a sick day. There was always a degree of shock and awe, as I gobbled up the outlandish story lines where life was even more manipulating and bizarre than the corporate jungle where I spent my days.
Oh the drama!
But now that I’m retired and at home, I admit to taping and watching every episode. And after each daily plot shocker, I go to bed pondering the real meaning of life. I think about big questions, like how many times has Victor divorced and remarried his beloved Nikki, and will she take him back yet again? When will poor trusting Jack realize his scuzzy wife is having an affair with his younger brother Billy? And will Phyllis ever forgive Victor for replacing her husband with a doppleganger on her honeymoon? All this and more – dishing daily on The Young and the Restless.
Blowing soap bubbles
I’m happy to say, watching the lives of the Newmans and Abbots on this show has most certainly not been a waste of my time. A wide array of valuable life lessons have bubbled up over the years from the brilliant writing on this show, and I’d like to share some of my learnings with you:
- Contrary to medical reports, complete face transplants are performed all the time.
- It’s quite normal to marry your stepmother, your sister’s brother and your father-in-law.
- Amnesia is far more commonplace than we realize and happens routinely every day.
- An evil twin has many lives and is much harder to kill than a good twin.
- A coma is a medical state that occurs when someone is about to reveal a big juicy secret.
- It’s normal for kids to skip from toddler to teenager in 15 months.
- Breaking into a lab to change DNA/paternity test results is a piece of cake.
- It’s fashionable to wear winter boots in the house and put your feet up on the sofa.
- It’s glamorous to sleep in full make-up and a lacy under-wire bra.
- A non-pregnant woman can be drugged into believing she just gave birth to a baby.
- Just because people watch you die and attend your funeral, doesn’t mean you’re dead!
- And my personal favourite – it’s okay to lock someone up in a cage in your living room or abandoned warehouse for months on end. (Don’t these people ever poop?)
So there you have it…a few important lessons I would never had known, had I not invested the time and energy to watch this important program over more than three decades. And judge me as you will, but you have to agree – I would never have acquired this type of sophisticated knowledge on the PBS or History channels. I’m just saying…
Now I know there are many more of you out there hiding in your soap cupboards. Come out, come out, wherever you are!
See you between the lines and on Twitter @PatSkene
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