Since I was a wee girl of about 6, there has been one place I could go to lose myself for a bit. This place has always been there for me...throughout my tweens, teens, twenties, thirties and now my early forties. If I'm sick or just needing a short escape, I can take a trip there and catch up with old friends. Maybe you have visited there too....it's Springfield, USA...home of the Bauers, Spauldings, and the Lewis families...the home of Guiding Light.My Grandma got me hooked on GL. (She also started my coffee drinking habit at an early age too...hee hee...shh...don't tell my mom...) She would watch it every afternoon. She actually started enjoying GL when it was still a radio program! That was 72 years ago!
A few months ago, my mom told me that she heard that Guiding Light had been cancelled. (I don't know how she knew this...she is an ABC soap watcher...) I brushed her off, saying that was silly...GL was the longest running soap in history...there was NO way it was cancelled. Reva Shane was too popular....no soap exec in their right mind would take Reva Shane away from her fans. I mean, Josh and Reva still had so much "stuff" to work out! Well, guess what? Some dumb soap exec did just that!
As of this Friday, Guiding Light will air it's final episode. I am actually pretty sad about that. Guiding Light was one of the ways I bonded with my Grandmother (who is now enjoying her soap watching in a better place.) Even when we lived in different parts of the country, we would still chatter on about the "goings on" in Springfield, USA. It also was my place to escape during both of my pregnancies. I would use GL time to help me relax (and it was also the only hour during the day throughout the entire 9 months I didn't puke...that includes both pregnancies.) I would watch GL to help me survive break-ups, relieve boredom or just make me feel connected to my Grandma when I was missing her.
Thank you, Guiding Light for being a valued part of my life. I will miss you.
(slinking off to cry in a corner now...)
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