The only time that I have been a regular listener to soap operas was when I strung primed tobacco leaves in the summers of the 1940s. I hooked up extension cords to bring the radio near me under the maple tree in the backyard and I listened to whatever programs were on in order to counteract the monotony of the unending chore.

As I ate lunch the other day, a soap opera (or has the term been updated to daytime drama?) was playing on the TV screen. For reasons unknown, I watched it - and made notes:

"You're just going to walk away? We need to deal with this. Why would I lie about that? I don't want to put any pressure on you. I'm not forgetting about us. Why do you keep holding back the truth? You went behind my back. You can always tell me anything, you know that. I just want to help you calm down. I thought we'd already talked about that. You question everything. Now you're bluffing. Let's get real. I have better things to do. It's written all over your face. Give me a chance. I'm leaving all my baggage behind. What do you need from me? I need more time. I'm trying to come to terms with the truth about myself. There's nothing in you that can't be fixed. How do you move on? I'm glad I ran into you. You don't have to apologize. I'll never forgive myself. Every time you come back from seeing _____ you are different. We belong together. I'm not going to argue with you anymore. You are afraid to let go. Are you sure this is what you want? When I think about where I would be without you . . . Don't even listen to him/her again. Confession time for you. You've got to be honest with yourself. Say something, anything. I hated keeping this secret. I got in too deep too fast. I didn't mean for any of this to happen. You should have told me. What is wrong with you? I hope I can find a way to make you trust me again. Who are you? Forget about _____! My mom told me to just live in the moment. I've brought this all on myself."

Rearrange the above phrases in any order you choose and you will have a brand new soap opera script to release for market in 2020 and beyond.

There's an audience out there who can hardly wait!