Goodbye to “One Life To Live”

Today is the day I have to bid a very sad farewell to “One Life To Live”. My heart is very, very heavy. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have always been a HUGE fan of “General Hospital”, but I don’t think they really know about my love for “OLTL”. The truth is, I’ve watched them both almost my entire life. One leads into the other and I love them both equally.
The love for soaps has always been in me. I don’t really know when it started, or how, but for as long as I can remember, I have watched this show. I never realized, until this week, that OLTL is only a year older than me, so I have watched almost the entire series. I’m guessing I only missed the first 7-8 years. So, you see, these people are like family to me. If you don’t watch soaps, then you really can’t understand. But think about it-you watch five days a week for 35+ years-these characters mean something to you. Yeah, I know, I’m crazy. Can’t help it.
My first real memories of this remarkable show center around a few characters, one who is still on the show. There was the love story of Bo and Pat. I would make a cup of tea (seemed so sophisticated) and get completely caught up in their love. I know I was under ten and it seemed so romantic to me. Then there was Karen and Marco, the hooker and her pimp. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been watching this story line as a grade schooler (I think of my eight year old niece watching something like that and cringe) but it didn’t seem like a big deal. The decades went by so fast. I still watch Bo and so many others and now it’s ending.
The only silver lining is that four of my favorites are moving to Port Charles and will be featured on “General Hospital” starting in February. I’m really happy about this, but it doesn’t mean I won’t miss the other residents of Llanview. I do know this-I will not watch it’s replacement. I have never been a fan of daytime talk shows and have no intention of starting now. ABC will only get my business from 2-3pm and that’s it. I don’t understand this invasion of talk shows. They’re all the same and are not for me.
So, from 1-2pm today I will be watching the very last episode. Yes, there will be tears (not good-I have an appointment at 3:30) and it will take awhile to get over the loss. OLTL is better than it’s ever been and that’s makes it even harder. But I’ll always have the memories…


If you’re a fan, be sure to pick up the tribute issue from Soap Opera Digest

2 thoughts on “Goodbye to “One Life To Live”

  1. I’m really sorry to hear that. I hate that these soaps are having so much trouble. I’m catching up on dvr’d episodes today of Young & The Restless as I work- I would miss it so much if it were gone. I too, cant remember not watching it, I started when I was so young, with my mom, and then eventually on my own. All through college, and even years later, here they are. I remember when Another World went off the air, my mom wrote an email to all her friends explaining this tremendos loss, and how upset she was. People were so convinced she was talking about the loss of friends’ lives, the way she was describing her heartbreak. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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