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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Goodbye Oprah...

Today is the final Oprah show.  Moment of silence please.

For 25 years this show has been on which means over half of my life.  I remember coming home from junior high and hating that my mom was hogging the tv to watch The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Every once in a while I would watch too but only when someone really interesting was on like, The New Kids on the Block or M.C. Hammer.  Through high school I would watch a little more often because I enjoyed the makeovers or cheating husband stories.  When I graduated and left home for college Oprah was a comforting reminder of home each afternoon.  And as I became an adult I finally started realizing why my mom watched it all those years.  I have learned a lot from other mother's on her show and also just from Oprah herself.  Above all I have treasured the entertainment of it on those afternoons when I had just become a mom and felt a million miles from the rest of the world.  

Along with her hair, Oprah's show topics improved over time and eventually became a staple of my afternoons.  Sounds cheesy but I always feel like I walk away having learned something new.  Sometimes the lessons were real "a-ha moments" other times it was just simple life advice, like never jump up and down on a couch.  

I wish so much that I had been able to sit in her audience just once.  Especially on the Favorite Things episode!!  The Oprah Show really has been a great part of my life and I couldn't let this day pass without saying a little something.  Oprah is an inspiration and there really never will be a show like hers.  I will miss you Oprah!    

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