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Magda Pecsenye has been writing AskMoxie, the parenting advice column, since 2005, and is still stumped by questions about potty training. She also writes, with her ex-husband, about her experiences co-parenting after divorce at WhenTheFlamesGoUp.com. She was a Babble Voices contributor to her blog, Moxieville. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her two sons.

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And at least I know which state I live in

By Magda Pecsenye |

Here’s my confession: I watch Days of Our Lives.

I started watching it when I was in junior high, and watched on and off for years. But when I moved to Mexico it was out of my reach, and then when I was an at-home mom of little kids I tried not to watch adult tv in front of them, and then I was a single working mom who left the house at 7:30 am and got home at 7 pm in time to start dinner and the evening routine and then do my freelance work once the kids were in bed. It never crossed my mind.

But when I moved to Michigan and started working from home, suddenly I had time and space and energy in my life. A friend mentioned DOOL one day, and I thought it would be fun to check it out, so I tuned in on my lunch hour. When I heard the opening music, I teared up, and as soon as I saw John Black giving Marlena his best Blue Steel, I was hooked again.

I cannot express the joy watching this show again has given me. When I’m home, I watch on my lunch break. When I’m not home, the episodes record on my DVR and I get the delicious pleasure of watching a few days’ worth at a time when I return. I get to watch every moment of melodrama, intrigue, backstabbing, passion, discovery, espionage, and bone-headed stupidity.

Yes, I watch it for the stupidity. I can’t be the only one who sometimes thinks she hasn’t played the hand she was dealt as well as she could have. I mean, single mom, divorced, back in school, struggling to get back into shape after allowing a perfectly good body to lie fallow for years, etc. So it’s refreshing to realize that I may not have made all the best decisions in my life, but at least I’m doing better than the citizens of Salem, collectively and individually.

To wit:

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My life is better than Sami Brady's life is

I have never tried to kill the father of my children, and to my knowledge, he’s never attempted to kill me

Nor have the children or any of our parents attempted to kill either of us. I think it’s pretty normal while going through a divorce to wish that your child’s other parent would just disappear. In Salem, though, people put on black leather gloves and buy handguns and actually attempt murder. Or kidnapping. Or to make the other person go insane. My ex and I just had a lot of fights by text.
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So, when I look around my messy house and realize I’ve forgotten to send in the field trip permission slip and I’m swamped with client emails and I still have 200 pages of reading on corporate strategy to do before I go to sleep and I ate too many cookies, I know it could always be worse.

I could be married to Stefano DiMera.

 

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Magda Pecsenye write about parenting at AskMoxie.org and about co-parenting after divorce with her ex-husband at When The Flames Go Up.

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Magda Pecsenye has been writing AskMoxie, the parenting advice column, since 2005, and is still stumped by questions about potty training. She also writes, with her ex-husband, about her experiences co-parenting after divorce at WhenTheFlamesGoUp.com. She was a Babble Voices contributor to her blog, Moxieville. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her two sons. Read bio and latest posts → Read Magda's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “And at least I know which state I live in

  1. Jen says:

    Did they even HAVE egg-stealing-and-transferring technology 40 years ago?

    Oh, who am I kidding. If anyone would have it, it would be Salem Hospital, home to the best doctors ever to declare people dead who are actually alive.

  2. Chris says:

    Aw man! Now you are making want to watch Days again. I mostly have the time to do it too, shoot!

  3. Vestes says:

    Hello , You raise a lot of questions in my mind ,keep up the good work !

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