My mother would be in mourning this week over the death of Frances Reid. If you don’t know who she was then you obviously have never been a soaps fan. Frances Reid , otherwise known as Grandma Horton, was a longtime star on Days of Our Lives, and also appeared on As the World Turns and The Edge of Night. Mother watched all three.
My mother loved soap operas! She watched them while she ironed or dusted or folded clothes. She watched them when she was tired and just needed to sit for a few minutes. She laughed, cried, and argued over the characters and their dilemmas. She and some of her friends discussed the characters as though they were real people.
My brothers and I teased mom and made fun of the shows. We called them “As the Stomach Churns”, “Days of Slow Death”, and “The Edge of Insanity”. We were terrible children. J
I still don’t understand the appeal of soap operas. The stilted dialogue, odd plots twists, and melodramatic relationships just seem silly. And I don’t understand the audience for them. With so many women working, and with so many choices available on television, who still watches soaps??
However, out of respect for my mom, I have taken these few moments to honor Mrs. Reid. Of all the daytime characters, Mom loved her best.