I made a lot of mistakes, between sweet sixteen and full of bright ideas, and beaten to a pulp at 29, but I pulled myself back up by my fingernails, and with the never forgotten help of friends who were heroes.
I still had a bit of a viking complex.
And then this happened.
and if anyone wants to know why I ended up married to a short, dark guy of Jewish extraction, who was in media, (with polyester shirts!) - blame these guys!
We've moved on a long way - no more media, no more polyester shirts, but oh, how I loved this show.
We held a party, me in my Melissa stage, with Judy and Martin, then our Hope and Michael, and Jo, our Ellyn, ... on my 30th birthday because we really were all thirtysomething.
So long ago. I wonder where they'd be now? I wonder if Janie and Leo gave them the kind of grief we're getting now? I wonder if Leo insisted on working three nights a week in Pizza Express and ploughed his A levels**?
I doubt it. I expect Michael and Hope kept their gorgeous house in the burbs, and just became wealthier and wealthier.
But hey. They were my inspiration, The theme tune still makes me cry.
*You've either got this, or not :)
**Or US equivalent.