How Lois and Clark Helped Me

Lois and Clark, the New Adventures of Superman comes on Sunday nights now, I love that show. Probably not for reasons that everyone likes to make fun of me for.

You see when this show debuted I was a new single mother, and had just had to give up the home I was raising my children in. We had to move to a much smaller townhouse, out of the neighborhood we loved, away from the house I brought two of my children home to.
I was working at the mother’s day out at church and babysitting to make ends meet, it was not feasible to get a job as I was not qualified for anything. Anything I was qualified for would not have paid the daycare for the two youngest children.
I know they don’t know or remember, or care to know, but it was very bleak at that time, there were weeks where we only had $20.00 to get through the week. Between God and Lois and Clark I got through it. We survived and lived to tell the tale. Watching Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher once a week gave me an outlet, I had always been a fan of Superman. From the time I was about 4 years old and discovered comic books. He was my favorite, I wanted to be Lois Lane, girl reporter. She was everything I wanted to be, intrepid, adventurous, curious, courageous and intelligent. I wanted to be all of those things, I wanted to face life with a curiosity, and a verve for living, I wanted to wear cute clothes and dig for the truth. Most of all I wanted to be rescued by a superhero.
That was never to be, oh I have the cute clothes thing down, but the being rescued by a superhero part, well that never happened. I rescued myself and my children from a life of poverty, I made the best life I could for them, going to college, getting a job with a major telecommunications company.
But I never forgot Lois and Clark, the show gave me escapism once a week from our seemingly bleak life. It gave me hope that something better was out there, I will be forever grateful to Deborah Joy Levine for creating this program. I know it sounds a little silly, but when you have no hope, you don’t want to burden your friends with the reality of your life, sometimes it is something simple that can give you strength to go on.
I think that is why I am so loyal to both Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain, they gave me so much at a time when I had so little, the least I can do is watch their shows on television now. With the exception of the dating show. Dean, I will not be watching it, it is not watchable, I am still disheartened by it.

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