In the fifties, I came home for lunch, eaten on the living room coffee table with my mother, and watched her three soaps: LOVE OF LIFE, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and THE GUIDING LIGHT. SEARCH was my favorite--only 15 minutes then, perhaps because it was the only one I saw in its entirety. And I also identified with the show's daughter, Patti enough to change the spelling of my name. (Actually in those days I was mostly called Patsy).
SEARCH was on CBS from the fifties until the eighties and centered around Joanne Tate, a widow at first, and her young daughter. Many of the episodes just featured her going over her problems with her neighbors over a cup of coffee. This formed my ideas of adult life because when I came home from school, my mother was usually having a cup of coffee with one or two of her friends.