Days of Our Lives

As hard as I’ve tried throughout my life, I just can’t seem to get away from the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” It all started back in high school when some friends of mine introduced me to it. At first I couldn’t stand it, but then I found myself getting sucked in when I would watch it in the break room of my department store summer job.

I definitely couldn’t shake “Days” during college as pretty much everyone watched it over lunch in the lounge areas. Once I graduated and entered the real world, I thought my days with the fictional town of Salem were long gone, but “Days” was a constant during lunch at my current job (which is funny because I work mainly with guys and we all needed our daily “Days” fix).

It seemed like everyone had their favorite characters. The girls all liked the hunky guy characters whether it was Bo or John Black (with his patented ‘smell the fart’ style of acting). Us guys were supposed to like one of the hot gals or at least one of the more macho guys. For some reason the guy I always rooted for was Abe Carver, Commander of the Salem Police Department (played by actor James Reynolds).

I don’t know why I was drawn to Abe. I think it was because he’s one of those underdog characters that has been on the show forever, never really got the good story lines, and was generally a good guy. Plus he’s got an impeccably groomed mustache.

My friends and I even decided to all write to our favorite actors to see if we could get some pictures to decorate our office walls. I wrote to James “Abe” Reynolds and eventually received an autographed picture. If I can dig it up I’ll scan it and post it here.

So where am I going with all of this? Well I thought I had finally parted ways with “Days” for good as I haven’t watched it for a few years now. Oh sure, from time to time I wonder what kind of shenanigans the gang from Salem are up to these days, but I’ve managed to give up “Days” without too many withdrawals.

I recently learned though that beginning on June 24th, “Days” will unveil a storyline where Abe and his wife on the show Lexie will begin to learn that their 3-year-old son Theo has autism. The head writer of the show has a child with autism and this inspired her to create a storyline involving autism. She worked closely with Autism Speaks to tell this story with as much respect as possible. You can read more about it here.

This should be really interesting to see how they handle this. Perhaps it will help families who have concerns that their child isn’t developing normally. Or it might just help educate those who don’t know much about autism.

So I guess I’ll be taping “Days” again. I don’t know that I’ll totally get sucked back in again though. I’ll just fast-foward to the parts with Abe. I always knew I picked a good character to root for.

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5 Responses to “Days of Our Lives”

  1. Abe Abe » Days of Our Lives Says:

    […] Days of Our Lives I don’t know why I was drawn to Abe. I think it was because he’s one of those underdog characters that has been on the show forever, never really got the good storylines, and was generally a good guy. Plus he’s got an impeccably groomed … […]

  2. hopingnotcoping Says:

    You gotta love Abe! If he can get through having a kid with autism, so can we. Besides, he’s been cheated on by his wife, shot at, gone blind, had mysterious diseases, probably lost his mind as some point, dealt with the DiMera family, and he still looks just like he did 20 years ago. I’m pretty sure Marlena will have some world of psychological wisdom to share with the Carver’s, too. That should be fun to watch. It’s been many years since I’ve watched Days, but they’re probably on the same story lines or recycled ones so it won’t be hard to catch up. Let’s hope they handle this one with grace.

  3. autismspeaks.org : scriptbest Says:

    […] Days of Our LivesAs hard as Ive tried throughout my life, I just cant seem to get away from the show soap opera Days of Our Lives. It all started back in high school when some friends of mine introduced me to it. At first I couldnt stand it, … […]

  4. nolebucgrl Says:

    I saw your blog and had to stop in. Abe was definitely a good character to root for, he’s always been a good guy trying to do the right thing. I think he’s gonna have a hard time coping with an autistic son (the character that is) but I think JR will do a great job in the storyline.

  5. HR Says:

    The part of Theo is being played by a great young actor named Terrell Ransom Jr. He made his first appearance on Day May 20, 2008. He has a recurring role. He is only 5 years old however everyone says he is a joy to work with and I’m sure that Days will do a nice job with the autism storyline.

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