I wasn’t upset when Oprah ended her TV run in Chicago. I do feel badly about this being the last season of “Desperate Housewives,” written and produced by former Riversider and RBHS grad Bob Daily. I also will miss Regis Philbin, the sexy senior citizen who brightens my mornings.

But now I really do feel badly about the cancellation of “All My Children.” I confess I was a fan, and since his retirement, Husband Joe has been brought into the web of the “soap.” It had become our lunchtime habit.

The soap opera first entered my life when I was a stay-at-home mom. Having listened to radio soaps when I was a child (a very young child), it was not hard to transition into the visual soaps. I no longer had to imagine how the radio characters looked.

Since I had watched AMC for a long time and was familiar with the characters and the plots, it meant I was always bringing Husband Joe up to speed – which with a longstanding soap can be hard to do.

How can you explain the number of husbands Erica has had? Or why the female cast members always look like they are going to a cocktail party. And doesn’t anybody have to cook or clean? The babies are born, not often seen, and suddenly are doctors or lawyers. I remember when one of my own children was born, about the same time as a soap baby. When mine was ready for kindergarten, the soap baby was entering med school. And I thought my baby was smart!

So an era ends, and now I will have an extra hour to tend to all my children and grandchildren, I’ll miss the residents of Pine Valley, though.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Brookfield is coming together to help one of its own. Thirteen-year-old Evan St. Paul has been diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a cancerous brain tumor.

He has a long fight ahead and, with mounting medical bills, friends and family have organized a fundraiser for Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 8 p.m. at Kiwanis Park, Arden and Brookfield Avenues in Brookfield.

There will be food, silent and live auctions, raffles and entertainment. Donations may also be made to the Exceptionally Evan Foundation, First National Bank of Brookfield, Attn: A. Weinert, 9136 Washington Ave., Brookfield, Ill. 60513.