Back in September my favourite soap, As The World Turns, came to an end. I still miss it and from time to time forget it isn't there anymore. I'd watched it since before I was a teenager and it has always been there, a pleasant, constant distraction. I know it's silly to miss a soap opera but these people had been in my living room just about every day for over 25 years and it's still seems weird to not have them around. I started watching it on summer vacation while eating lunch after tennis lessons. When I was unemployed it kept me company during my tedious job hunt. When I became a housewife I would clean the kitchen and prepare for dinner while it was on. When the Little Prince came we would survive the tears with the daily routine that kept us all sane. The Suburban Prince would sometimes call home from work to ask if they found Jack yet. It was hard to escape the lure of a story spanning 50 years.
The show debuted in April, 1956, and has been a staple of American culture for decades. When the end was looming we wondered what would happen to our characters. Would the writers end the show in a satisfying way? I think they did! Everyone landed right where they should be....
- Dusty finally got his happy ending with Janet and their new baby Lorenzo
- Carly and Jack ended up together again and have a baby on the way
- Lily finally stood up to Lucinda (it only took 40+ years) and is once again with Holden - the way it should be ever since the first time they met as teenagers...the bad boy and the rich girl, the classic story
- Lucinda and John, who were always perfect together rode off into the sunset together
- Katie and Chris got their perfect ending...it's nice to see Katie got to have love again after losing Brad a year ago
- Luke will survive even though Reid had to die to save Chris with a heart transplant
- Kim finally got Bob to herself when he retired...after about a thousand years as chief of the hospital
- Casey and Alison both got what they wanted - acceptance and respect
- Emily and Paul found peace...at last.
- Tom and Margo were left with an empty nest and each other - and the perfect house swap arrangement with Katie and Chris
- Barbara and Henry, the least likely couple, are quite perfect for each other. When they started playing Last Dance I actually started crying.
I suspect the crying scenes came easy for the actors...I was getting misty watching the last week of episodes and it does feel a bit like I have lost some friends and family - these people had been in my living room for so long I still hope I will turn on the tv and they will magically reappear!