January 6, 2009By Lynn Leahey Posted: Jan 6, 2009
I took almost two weeks off for the holidays, the longest I've been away from the office that didn't involve a newborn, and it was so strange watching soaps at home. Instead of sitting at a desk, I was catching snatches of everything I could, in between car pools and grocery shopping and entertaining drop-in friends. I got a real sense of how complicated it can be to set aside an hour or two to watch soaps at home, as opposed to the way my mother did. Back then, I guess more homemakers were busy with household tasks that they could perform while watching their stories — watching daytime was simpler. I can see why ratings have suffered as the rhythm of household life has changed, and so many caretakers have business outside the home. Last week it seemed like every time I'd try to settle in and catch DAYS or Y&R the doorbell would ring, or I'd get a call that a child needed to be picked up. So hats off to all of you who are better time managers than I am at home, or find more creative ways to keep up with your soaps. Spread the word, you're keeping daytime alive!