Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Guiding Light Has Burned Out!
Soap Opera's... What can one really say. These daytime shows were once the accredited highlight of the average house wife's day. They were geared towards making her day a little less hum drum and dreary and giving her a fantasy world to escape to for a brief period of time. They also gave sponsors the opportunity to peddle their goods that promised this house wife that she could simply be perfect and make her families lives more than anything they could possibly ever dream of. These alternate reality shows though are fading fast. The days of the leisurely lounging house wife between loads of laundry and vacuuming have long since faded into the back ground. Growing up I recall my mom watching these as she did her daily chores. I do mean daily too. You could and still can eat off my mom's floor with no worry of germs or dirt. Mom watched such shows as "Edge of Night", "Another World", "Days of Our Lives" and yes, "The Guiding Light". Each of these has slowly died out and fizzled. "Edge of Night" was only a thirty minute soap and it generally came on in the morning as I recall. It ran from April of 1956 until December of 1984. "Another World" usually came on in the late afternoon around three or so. I admittedly watched this one from the time I was around twelve until it went off the air. "Another World" aired from May of 1964 until June of 1999. I have also watched such soaps as "Santa Barbara" which aired from July of 1984 until January of 1993 and "Passions" which aired from July of 1999 until August of 2008. I also must admit that I have since a little girl and still do watch "Days of Our Lives". "Days" first aired in November of 1965 and has been optioned through 2010. From there it is an unknown as to what the shows future may or may not be. As for "Guiding Light", as it was called after 1975, I watched it for a while, but lost interest in it before I ever saw the age of twenty. My mom found she needed one less to watch and stopped watching it a few years back as well. There will be no going back to watch this show again though as it has seen it's final day. "Guiding Light", which is accredited by the "Guinness Book of World Records" as being the longest running soap opera in production aired from January 1937 (Radio/CBS) to September 18, 2009. They taped their last show on August 11, 2009 (television/CBS). Ironically in my mind, which is admittedly a scary place to be, August 11Th is my mom and dads wedding anniversary. Either way the people of Springfield (the town in the show) have all closed up shop and said good night to that era. Yes the soap opera is a dying thing. Trust me when I say that once "Days" is off air I will not watch any more of them myself, but for now I will continue to watch. I kind of miss those days gone by. I know most women are for equal rights and I was probably just born in the wrong age because I kind of believe I would have liked staying at home and being a house wife. Then again we'll never know now will we. For now the guiding light of soaps has grown dim as do the days of our lives.