I celebrated another lap around the sun the same week an iconic soap opera celebrated its 50th.
More so than ever, I’m most thankful for my family, friends, health, and the opportunities to do things and be with those I love.
While I am lowkey about my birthday, I appreciate when people remember to send a greeting and to those who bring smiles to our days, like my thoughtful teammates who decorated my office!
And to the hubby who gave me my annual night off parenting – with pho for dinner too!
I used the time off to enjoy the latest episode of the excellent Star Trek: Picard.
And yes, T did write, “Happy birthday Ab” on his handmade card.
In fairness, I signed his recent birthday card as, “Love, Ab” – cuz parenting brain does that!
It’s very fitting The Young and the Restless celebrated its 50th anniversary the same day as my birthday because this iconic daytime drama has been a huge part of my life – 32 years to be exact.
I first stumbled upon the show in Grade 4 summer, because there was nothing to do at home by myself and my parents couldn’t afford to put me in camp.
The Lauren-Sheila baby switch storyline got me hooked and the show inspired me to want to be a writer.
I started writing my own soap opera scripts using a 286 computer and Word Perfect 5.1.
My first creation was a show titled “Life is A Library.” Little did I know back in Grade 4 the huge role libraries would play in my life!
I chuckle as I think back to how I wrote 2-3 page episode recaps during the daily journal writing time in school. My Grade 6 teacher’s reactions to my entries are hilarious to read as an adult. 😆
In Grade 6, I wrote a letter to Y&R headwriter and executive producer, the late and great Bill Bell, asking to join his writing team and attached my grade 6 photo and a sample script. I never heard back. 😂
When I was in high school and through my university years when I studied journalism, I ran one of the first Y&R fan sites. I coded HTML line by line using Notepad. None of the fancy tools like WordPress that we have today!
It was the very first fan-run site to feature original content, such as interviews with actors and sometimes even out-scooped the media. I fondly remember actress Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) sending me a very nice email about the site.
I’d hunt down actors/publicists – this was before social media made celebrities accessible – and call them and they’d be like, “Who is this?” 😆
One of my favourite memories was when I was working as a customer service job in 2001.
The late Kristoff St John (Neil Winters) was doing an appearance at a nearby mall. I ran to catch his appearance during my lunch break, got a few quotes, and it was up on my site that evening.
I think back so fondly to these memories and I wonder where did all this free time and where did my hustle go?
Now in my 40s, I still feel young but I don’t feel as restless. I feel comfortable in my skin and have shifted my priorities towards my family.
All the skills and life experiences I’ve made are now used to make life as positive as possible for T.
I spent this weekend enjoying the 50th anniversary episodes of Y&R – and enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
So many happy life experiences and academic, professional and personal opportunities were directly and indirectly made possible because of the love of writing that this show sparked in me.
Happy 50th anniversary, Y&R. May the trials and tribulations of Genoa City continue on for many more decades to come!