Chips, Dip and Bo Brady

This post comes from a weekly memoir writing prompt provided by The Red Dress Club. This week’s RemembeRED memoir prompt asked us to write a memory of sand.

My mom started her career in the  latter half of her 30’s, the age that I am now. She went back to school, earned a Masters in Education, and started teaching full time. For three years I hardly saw her while she worked during the day as a full-time substitute teacher, went to school at night and spent the weekends pouring over her homework as well as classwork. I missed her.


But on Fridays she would take a break from the crazy. Back when people had VCR’s, before On Demand Television or DVR’s, she would faithfully tape her Soap Opera. My brothers and I couldn’t wait for her to decompress, shred every last bit of the week into a pile by the front door. Somehow she had an amazing ability to mentally cleanse herself from even the longest day. Friday was for vegging in front of the TV, snuggling on the sofa, while eating Lipton Onion Soup and Sour Cream dip with a bag of salty Lays Potato Chips. It didn’t matter what we were watching, just as long as we were watching it with mom. During commercials we would catch up on what boys were cute, which girls were fighting and what projects we were working on. We would speculate how Patch and Kayla would ever get back together and wonder how Hope lost so much weight. One afternoon a week there was no night school, no rush to finish homework, no chores or one single lesson plan to create. I missed her a little less.

Even now, my mouth waters, craving sour cream and onions, whenever I hear the voice of MacDonald Carey say, “Like sands through the hour-glass, so are the Days of Our Lives.”

And they were.

7 thoughts on “Chips, Dip and Bo Brady

  1. I liked this line for the visual that it provided: “I couldn’t wait for her to decompress, shred every last bit of the week into a pile by the front door”

  2. My Mom was a DOOL fan, too. I remember eating Girl Scout cookies while watching all the drama. I remember a season where I wasn’t allowed to watch because Marlena was possessed by the devil, and my Mom thought would freak us out! Too, funny!

  3. great memory, thanks for the flashback! and one of the things my mind went to for the sand prompt as well! i started watching Days in 7th grade when other girls in my class got sucked into it and thats all they would talk about at recess. was a diehard fan till they killed off patch, and I never went back.

  4. My heart jumped just a little with excitement when I saw the words Bo Brady.I have been watching Days of Our Lives for 40 plus years. My and i watched when I was growing up, we continue as I became an adult with children of my own and now that she’s gone I still watch partly because it is embeded in my soul and partly for her. Sometimes things happen and I wish I could talk to her about the lastest Stefano sneak attack.

    Turly I thought I was the only one interested in this great part of daytime history. Thanks for conquering up the memories.

  5. I used to occasionally watch that show (I remember Hope), but Young and the Restless was my favorite. 🙂

    I love this story, you unwinding, catching up with your mom.

    I now have a craving from french onion dip and potato chips…

    Well done! So glad to see you joining in TRDC!

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