It’s humbling to admit this, but I was once addicted to . . . a soap opera! I wrote this essay for a Twin CIties newspaper in May 1996. Roman, Bo, Marlena and John, I still miss you guys!
Jack and Jennifer rescued John Black form the gas chamber in the nick of time. Then Bo was shot while rescuing Hope form Jude St. Clair. A few days later, Peter shot Jude while he and Jack were struggling for a gun.
It was all very exciting but now it was time to say goodbye. It wasn’t easy. Quitting a soap opera cold turkey never is. But I had just started a new job and had less time to devote to such a guilty pleasure. Besides, the story lines I had been following had just been wrapped up. Yes, it was definitely time to say goodbye to The Days of Our LIves.
Publicly declaring my addiction to a soap opera is rather embarrassing, especially since I had teased my wife for years for watching Days. She had even gotten our daughter hooked on it! When Erin was two, she looked up during a break in the action and asked, “Mom, why Bo bummed?”
Then, five years ago, when I started working out of my home, I saw a promo for Days that caught my attention. The “old” Roman Brady, who had been locked away in a dungeon by the evil Stefano, was determined to reclaim his life from the imposter who had taken his place. Naively, I decided to watch a few shows and see how the story unfolded.
Eight months later, I forced myself to pull the plug. My daughter, who was then twelve, hadn’t missed a chance to tease me about my new addiction. Sure, it made me wince but, hey, I had dished it out and now it was my turn to take it.
Then, last June, Erin started watching Days during summer vacation. I casually looked on while fixing lunch or cleaning the kitchen. Next thing I knew, I was glued to the TV every day between noon and 1 p.m. Arrrgh! Sucked in again.
Surely, I thought, John will be proved innocent of Tony’s murder any day now. But November turned into December and January and February followed and John inched ever closer to a date with the gas chamber. My God, it takes eight months for a character to sneeze on that show!
But now I’m off the stuff for good. Oh sure, I still check the weekly soap opera magazines in the grocery store checkout line to keep up with my favorite characters. And when I read that Jack is finally going to expose Peter’s double life to Jennifer, I might even tape the show that day.
But I’ve learned my lesson. I’ll just watch that particular day. And, of course, the show or two after that to see all the ramifications of such a shocking revelation. Then again, it will probably take a full week to tie up all the loose ends. Yep, it will definitely be a week. Or two. At least.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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