I'm comforted by the way the actors remained human. I watched Tad age, gain weight, and still maintain his "Tad the Cad" attitude. His love for Dixie touched me deeply, and it was an amazing idea to have her come back to life for the finale.
There were some very real moments in the show--times I as a viewer could identify with and celebrate or suffer. I cried when the actors who played favorite characters passed away in real life--Myrtle Fargate, Palmer Cortland... or left because their characters were killed off. It's been a rocky ride for over 30 years, and I'm proud to have been part of the viewing audience. I bid All My Children adieu, and thank you for many years of viewing pleasure. You will be missed. I don't know how I'm going to fill that hour on my DVR. The Chew doesn't really look like a very interesting replacement...especially for those like me who hate to cook.