Just think on that for a moment: FORTY YEARS.
That means much of what has become pop culture in the US, she missed. Dallas, ER, the final M*A*S*H movie, Roots – you name it, she missed it.
Not that she cared.
So when she moved in with us, a major culture shock for her was just how MUCH television we watched; frankly, after my daughter goes to bed until the end of Colbert Report (from about 8 pm until midnight, EST) during the week, the television is on (I also work and hang out on social media sites, but yeah, I watch TV at night).
Sometimes we watch what’s actually airing, but not often. Mostly we watch shows and movies on demand, ranging from Doctor Who (how I love the Doctor) to True Blood. Plus crime procedurals. I love me a crime procedural.
But my mom doesn’t like those shows much; she doesn’t “get” Doctor Who (her words, not mine), she thinks True Blood is not only disgusting but incredibly stupid, and Game of Thrones is impossible because (again, her words) other than Peter Dinklage, she can’t tell any of the male characters apart. “They all look unwashed!” is a common refrain.
So what did we do? We found common ground on the crime procedurals.
My mom is an avid reader, and she loves murder mysteries. So it wasn’t much of a leap for her to find crime shows enjoyable, but even so she was having some trouble. For instance, I love cable crime shows that star women such as The Closer (alas, no longer airing) and Rizzoli and Isles. But my mom had trouble telling Kyra Sedgwick and Sasha Alexander apart (they do have the same hairstyle, admittedly), so we ended up having to explain the shows to my mom while we watched them (which caused me to indulge in some likely inappropriate venting on Twitter) – not just because of the similar appearances of some actresses, but because the pacing and style of TV shows as well.
Eventually, though, we worked it out. We save the gross TV shows like The Walking Dead for after my mom has gone to bed, and she and I have a great time watching TV at night (mostly). But I have to say, this is one of those things you just don’t think about when you merge households.