Here's a little story: When I was in college and my sister Elise had just started high school, we spent a lot of time just the two of us. We watched a lot of movies and TV together, and one of the shows that we started to watch very regularly was Daria, the five-season originally-MTV animated satire of high school life starring the too-smart-for-her-own-good, sarcastic, self-imposed loner and the people that surround her at school and home. Twice nightly on most evenings we could be found watching Daria while we did homework or played Minesweeper or ate snacks with friends and family. We were annoyed that The N would pathetically air "edited" versions of the barely PG-rated show (while allowing other practically propagandistic and pornographic shows like Degrassi to air completely unaltered). We seriously loved this show, and probably saw almost every episode at least three times. We related to the characters and situations, and were invested in the lives of the citizens of Lawndale.
Also here, from a later point in the same episode:
It had a pretty devoted following of fans online, and there were even a couple of DVD releases of the TV movies that took place between seasons.
Fast-forward several years. Elise and I are both married and Daria had long since stopped airing regularly, but last summer the powers that be finally saw fit to release the well-loved show on DVD. The entire series, including the two movies were included on one eight-disc set, and many months later, after numerous gentle (and not quite so gentle) nudges and reminders, The Wife gave it to me for Christmas, sneakily disguised underneath a false bottom of a box containing another gift! O, the cleverness! Julie had seen a few of the first episodes when Elise received it for her birthday earlier in the year, and admittedly the start of the show is pretty rough (the animation, writing and characters vastly improve as the show goes on), but now was the time to really instruct her in the ways of Daria.
And I guess this means this is my official Valentine's Day post too, which seems kind of fitting for some reason. Well, I love Valentine's Day more than I ever have, now that I have a Valentine to share it with. I love you so, Wife!
So, for now, and forever, you're standing on my neck. What a beautiful sentiment.