Shows from Childhood that Veronica Thatcher wants to bring back!

Oh, this is such a tough one for me to write…Because, I was an extremely precocious child, and I used to watch more soap operas and fewer cartoons in my childhood. I know, I know, roll your eyes at me. But I was a veritable soap opera junkie in my childhood days.

That being said, I did watch some child-friendly shows too because after all, I was a child. And every child likes cartoons and Disney shows.

My absolute favourite as a child used to be Make Way for Noddy, based on Enid Blyton’s books. I used to live and die for it, no matter how many soap operas I watched. Noddy was a wonderful animated show for preschoolers and toddlers. I learnt a lot from this show because it offered many life-lessons about friendship, compassion, integrity and responsibility. Noddy is extremely kind, compassionate and helpful. He always helps his friends in need, even though sometimes, he may get more than he asked for. For example, when he volunteers to watch Bumpy Dog so Tessie can go away for the day, Noddy learns that there's a tremendous amount of responsibility involved in taking care of a dog. Both lessons -- that it's good to help, and that pets are a lot of work -- are worthwhile ones, and Noddy offers plenty more along the same lines.

The next show that I would love to bring back is Oswald. Oswald is in many ways, similar to Noddy. Oswald is a very gentle, friendly, smart, polite and big-hearted round blue octopus who is always willing to go out of his way to help his friends out. He’s sweet and kind, and children can learn a lot from the mistakes he makes and his virtues. The main message the show conveys is that friendship is the most important thing in life. There are also lessons about some serious issues like freedom, for example, when Oswald captures some fireflies in a jar but at the end, sets them free in the park because he realizes that the fireflies are going to be happy only when they can live their life as free beings.

Another show that I was addicted to in my childhood was Hannah Montana. I think a lot of young girls get where I come from. Hannah Montana, played by Miley Cyrus, was quite the pre-teen and teen idol in those years. Her dynamics and relationships with her father, brother and friends, as well as her inner conflicts and brief romantic entanglements made for a very entertaining show for children who were just entering that pre-teen stage. Yes, Miley Cyrus did transform into a completely different person later on, but the early few seasons of the show were very good and wholesome and had a positive impact on the kids.

Last, but not the least, comes the show with magic, mischief and lessons for young tweens – the very entertaining, and perfect for the creative young minds – Wizards of Waverly Place. This Disney sitcom is about three siblings with secret magical powers. Each episode offers positive messages about responsibility, honesty, and making good decisions, and characters learn from their mistakes. The show comprises of tweens and teens with woes that young viewers will easily relate to. While there's often some mild misbehaving of some sort going on, in the end, important lessons are learned and consequences are faced.

These four were my absolute favourite during my childhood, and I learnt a lot from them. I like to think they had a huge contribution in shaping up my personality and making me the person I am today. Sometimes, I really miss these shows and their simplicity and honesty. It was much better than all the emotionally taxing angst and drama and villainy that is portrayed in soaps. If I could, I would bring them back in a heartbeat. I recommend these shows to all the kids. There are some really important life-lessons and meaningful messages conveyed through these.

Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns the man she left behind?


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Author Bio:
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

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Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.