It might be hard to understand why a 35 year old mother of three would cry her eyes out at the finale of a “kids'” show. But to me, “iCarly” has been so much more than just a tv show on Nickelodeon.
It was three years ago when my now 7 year old daughter discovered “iCarly”. She would slip out into the garage and watch television by herself. Then she would come inside and talk about all of the crazy things she had been watching on some show called “iCarly”. It sounded so bizarre that I even asked my friend if her kids watched it and if it was acceptable. Because I was not sure what to make of it based upon my almost 4 year old’s comments.
Finally I decided to TiVo an episode and see for myself. Immediately I was hooked. The humor was just my style. The bffs Carly & Sam reminded me of Laverne & Shirley or Mary & Rhoda. This was no kids’ show. This was a full fledged sitcom that would forever be held in high regard as one of my favorite tv shows of all time. It was authentically funny.
Pretty soon we were hosting “iCarly” birthday parties and driving all over town to try and find a Sam figurine and buying too-big shirts for a little girl who just so desperately wanted to wear her favorite tv characters. And eventually it led to the same little girl making videos of herself for youtube. And finally it served as an escape from reality and a source of laughter when her heart was broken because her brother was sick and now lived in the hospital.
Our most amazing “iCarly” memory would have to be having an ice cream party (which Ronin won) with Jennette McCurdy. It was only a couple of weeks before Hunter’s transplant process began and it happened to occur at a time in his treatment when it was relatively safe for him to be in public. It was an incredible experience. She was super sweet to us and it sure did help distract us from what was to come.
Over the years we have laughed, we have cried (okay, I’ve cried), we have eaten spaghetti tacos, we have sung along loudly to the theme song, and we have spent quite a few dollars on “iCarly” merchandise. And we have loved every second of it.
TV shows end. It’s a fact of life. But this is the first time that a tv show that my children and I have loved together for the better part of their childhood has come to an end. It’s the first show that we all watched together and loved together. We will have to say goodbye to a couple of other shows that we watch and love together in 2013 when “The Office” and “30 Rock” come to an end. But so far, this is the first time we’ve had to watch a series finale of a show that we’ve watched together. And it just feels monumental and huge. Sorta the way turning 35 is starting to feel.
Thank you to the creators, writers, directors, cast, and crew of “iCarly”. You have given us more than we can possibly explain.
(BTW, spaghetti tacos , a Spencer Shay original, make a delicious gluten free, dairy free meal. Here you see my special spaghetti tacos. Recipe as follows.)
Vegan gluten free healthy spaghetti tacos!
1 bag organic brown rice spaghetti noodles (we use the Trader Joe’s brand)
Organic marinara (again, Trader Joe’s)
Leftover roasted veggies from Thanksgiving (I used turnpips, beets, radishes, and carrots)
Garlic, salt, pepper, basil to taste
1 box organic taco shells (you guessed it, Trader Joes)
Prepare the spaghetti as directed. Blend the veggies, seasoning/herbs, and marinara together in a blender (I use a VitaMix).
Combine spaghetti and sauce. Serve in taco shells.
Please watch this episode of our webseries “The Real Homeschoolers of the Boro”. It’s all about saying goodbye to “iCarly”.