Cathy by Cathy Guisewite


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  1. BlackFrostWarrior

    BlackFrostWarrior said, about 3 years ago

    Never tell people what you’re going to do. It will dull your enthusiasm, make you feel pressured from all the expectations and then you won’t want to even try because you know it won’t live up to what everyone says.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago

    But then your chances of actually following through on your commitment plummet to near zero. The whole idea of making your commitment public is to hold you accountable for actually finishing what you’ve started, especially if you’re like Cathy and not self-motivated enough to hold yourself accountable.

  3. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 3 years ago

    I’ve always been a self-motivator, and think it’s annoying when people put pressure on me with the intention of trying to “push” me. I would hate those pseudo boot camps with the instructor yelling in my face. But everyone is different, and I know it works for some.
    My husband did the public announcement one time, and it sorta backfired on him. He announced he was going to start a running regimen with the intent of running a 5K at the end. He pulled his hamstring after a couple of weeks and had to give it up (probably because he went from doing no exercise to running every other day). I’m sure he got tired of answering questions about how his running program was going.

    Good morning Cathy clan! Making plans to go visit my mom. It’s so confusing bc my sister only tells me how bad my mom is, while my husband says she’s doing okay (for someone who just had a stroke). So frustrating and I wish I could stop crying at the drop of a hat. Poor Jr has been to the school counselor twice because she’s upset too.

  4. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, about 3 years ago


    I’ve been where you are; my good wishes and prayers for you. I don’t know how old your little one is, but the best thing you can do is just tell her that her Grandma is sick, and you are worried the same way she would be if you were sick – but everyone is trying their best to help Grandma. Let us know how things go, we are all thinking of you. You never fail to cheer us up…

  5. Wolf Emperor

    Wolf Emperor GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    It’s hard to keep your exercise regimen completely private in this world of social media. I do Karate, and my grandmaster posts pictures online of me and all the other students doing Karate, so everyone knows. I don’t mind if someone reminds me or encourages me to go to Karate. If I can’t go, I can’t go. I don’t stress out about it if I miss class.

  6. GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Best wishes in your travels — I hope your husband is right and Mom is not as bad as your sister is relaying. You’ll probably feel better when you find out for yourself just exactly what is going on. Then you can be more reassuring to the little ones.

  7. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 3 years ago


    Thank you! I have 2 girls, Jr is 10 and in 5th grade, and Lil is 8 and in 3rd grade. (Obviously not their real names :-)) Good decision or not, I’ve been mostly honest with them, obviously not telling them all the details but enough so they know what’s going on. My parents were in the hospital off and on as I grew up (and my father died when I was 20), and I hated that I never knew what was wrong, just that it was serious. So I’ve told them Grandma had a stroke and is in the hospital, so that they can watch her and help her get better. I said that it happened on the left side of her brain, so her right side is weak and she can’t talk too well. And I’ve said that she is working hard to do things again like talk and walk.
    I told them most of this because they were there the first day it happened and they wantd to know what was wrong and why I was upset. The next day, I asked them both if they wanted me to tell them about Grandma or if it upset them. Lil said she wanted to know because she’d be mad at me if Grandma died and she didn’t know. Jr wanted to know most everything, but would stop me if it got to be too much.

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