As I’ve mentioned before, I owe my Days watching to my mom. She started watching in 1969, when my oldest brother was born. As a young child, I watched Doug and Julie, David Banning and Trish, Maggie as an alcoholic. And my favorite — Marie Horton and Alex Marshall.
From the show’s point of view, my mom is a better fan than me. She doesn’t obsess about it like I do – she just keeps watching. During our weekly telephone call, we usually spend a few minutes talking about the goings-on in Salem. Even when I’m not watching, she’ll give me updates. I think that’s part of why it was so easy to get back into the show this time around.
She’s a huge Drake Hogestyn fan, so I thought she might want to watch some of the Stockholm storyline with me after I got my DVDs. When I asked her, though, she seemed genuinely mystified. “But I already know what’s going to happen,” she said. I think she thinks it’s a bit odd that I keep this blog, though she’s too polite to say so.
When she comes for a visit, of course, like now, we watch together. This is one of my favorite things to do. I feel like she gives me insight into what the vast majority of Days viewers — the ones who don’t go to message boards — are probably reacting to the show. She doesn’t hold grudges against characters. When they are acting smart and trying to do the right thing, she’s rooting for them. When they aren’t, she sympathizes with them, or rolls her eyes and waits until she can root for them again. She doesn’t say, “The writers have ruined x for me!” or “I will never accept y after what she did to z!”
That’s not to say she’s not a smart viewer. She doesn’t obsess and overanalyze like me, but she knows the score. Here are my mom’s comments on some of the recent storylines:
Daniel and Nicole: “That’s a wedding that will never happen.”
Abby and Ben: “Neither will that one.”
Eric: “He should become a priest again, and spare himself all this aggravation.”
Rafe and Hope: “He’s only interested in her because there aren’t enough women to go around.”
Paige: “She’s supposed to be so smart, why is she acting like a dingbat?”
Stefano and Clyde: “Oh, just kill them both and bury them in that land in Ireland.”
Theresa: (big sigh) “Honestly.”
But, there is one thing my mom and I have in common in our Days watching: we both want to enjoy the show. Sometimes I need to take a break from message boards just because of the negativity. Not that the show hasn’t earned it. But I’d much rather talk about what I liked on the show each day, instead of dwelling on what I didn’t. My mom is the same, and that makes her a fun viewing partner.