Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Tragedy in Mama's World



It's 1967. Hot day in Southern California. I'm driving an old car without AC. I'm tired. Just another average day in Paradise.

I drive into the garage. Start to open the door to the house. Mama is babysitting our kids. She opens the door before I do.

"Well, Neal died!" she says.

WHOOP! My heart pounds! I feel the blood rush from my head. NEAL DIED! My heart almost stops.

Wait...What the....? Who the hell is Neal? I don't know any Neal. "Mama, who is Neal"?

"NEAL! You know. Neal on As the World Turns."

That Mama.

She watched the soap opera As the World Turns for 45 years. She talked to the television, warning characters to be careful, "Don't listen to him. He's a liar." "She's up to no good!" She gave'em a piece of her mind all right.

Personally I preferred Carol Burnett's As the Stomach Turns.

I told her she'd be in real trouble if she ever scared me that way again. She smiled her little smile. Silly me.

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17 comments:

A Little Bar of Soap said...

Soap Operas -- SOAP operas?!? I resent the use of the word "Soap" in this context. Soap Operas, so called, are the Devil's diaries. Devil, get thee OUT!

Jamie Dawn said...

That's funny. My MIL and FIL watch a soap opera together. One will say, "I'm going to go and watch my story." They get the tape out and watch it together each evening. My MIL has watched it faithfully for over 40 years. She says there are a couple of characters that have been there from the beginning. That's dedication.

Fred said...

My favorite soap? Dark Shadows - I used to watch it every day after school. Yes, I was a nerd in the 60's.

The Missus can't go a day without All My Children. If, for some reason she misses an episode, the Soap Channel is on later that night.

Always_Adventuring said...

Rofl - that's so hiliarious. What a great post. My mom watches soap operas religiously too. I never could get into them myself.

Doug said...

Your mom's a riot. Of course, Little Bar of Soap is right,

AP3 said...

Granny (Ynnarg Yoda Pez) was so cute with her soaps... and all of her "programs". She was kind of like Rainman: 5 minutes 'til Wopner!

mireille said...

Dark Shadows! I loved Dark Shadows! And your mother seems to me to have been a lot like my MIL must have been (she passed before we married). Totally intent on what she was doing at the time, sweet. xoxoxo

Pecos Blue said...

I think my grandma has been watching since they came out and she is 90 now. She cannot seem to get enough. Thank you for stopping by.

mireille said...

(((Tan Lucy)))

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Bless her heart! Sometimes these TV personas become bigger than the people in life.

dddragon said...

LOVE these stories!! I think I can remember your face when you heard that Neal had died ... lol

natasha said...

*sniff*
*wipes tear from eye*

Saur♥Kraut said...

Funny! It's always been strange to me that anyone could get THAT into a TV show. But, to each her own!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Geez, Lucy. You had me at Neal.

GodlessMom said...

Great story!

45 years of As The World Turns? That is dedication!

Homer Jay said...

I think I'm starting to fall in love with Mama.

actonbell said...

I like that story:)