For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, almost 6 years ago

    Like that’s going to stop them from trying them out inside anyway.

    It’s called payback, Elly and John – and it’s what grandparents live for!

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 6 years ago


  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 6 years ago

    Only one group more that they need, Elly: microphones to clip on the trumpet, drum and cymbals and an amplifier to hook them into…

  4. afeeney

    afeeney said, almost 6 years ago

    And then a chemistry set!

  5. SeS1066

    SeS1066 said, almost 6 years ago

    Our family’s Christmas story on this theme …

    My Dad was misdiagnosed with TB and in the local hospital in a city that we had just moved to that week. I, the younger brother had just caught the chicken pox from a family we visited on the way. My brother had gotten the big gift of the year, a real bicycle. My very harried, worried mother gave him a stern warning about waiting to ride it when she was ready and then went to the other room to be out of earshot for finding out what my Dad’s current condition was. The rest was history, an eager 6 year-old with no adult supervision and a bike, so soon came a bang, crash and crying as the Christmas tree went over onto the rest of the presents …

    Truly it was the kind of Christmas best regarded and smiled upon after the event.

  6. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 6 years ago

    I would give gifts like this only to my sister’s kids. 0:-)

    Good story, SeS1066! The Christmases with the mishaps are the ones we remember the best.

    And a Merry Christmas to all!

  7. Wayne

    Wayne GoComics PRO Member said, almost 6 years ago

    My in-laws did that with a police car, complete with siren. I ‘forgot’ to pack it when we left so it was there for son to play with every time we visited. When they died 30 years later they still had it and now my son has it.

  8. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 6 years ago

    Frodo59, I did the same with a toy xylophone that my mom gave my son. He opened the package and I said “Oh, look, a playing at Grandma’s house toy!”. I got a dirty look from my Mother, but we never did bring it home and all 12 of her grandchildren enjoyed it over the years. Not sure where it ended up.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone.

  9. newworldmozart

    newworldmozart said, almost 6 years ago

    It was that way with my in-laws. They always had to get the bigger and badder gift, with all the bells and whistles on it. But in their gift giving they never paid attention to what my son liked playing with. 75% of the toys they bought never got played with because he didn’t like that type of toy. Course that didn’t set well with my father-in-law, he always said that my son got the wrong genes if he didn’t like the toy. (i,e, my family) I stop telling them if he didn’t like the toy, but I re-gifted it when there was a family that had less than us.

  10. hausof7mau

    hausof7mau said, almost 6 years ago

    Yeah, right. Uh huh, sure. (Dreamer)

  11. gofinsc

    gofinsc said, almost 6 years ago

    The One and Only Original Family Band

  12. RadioTom

    RadioTom said, almost 6 years ago


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  13. zipdryve

    zipdryve said, almost 6 years ago

    Revenge of the Grandparents!!!

  14. journeyman37

    journeyman37 said, almost 6 years ago

    i have done the same to my ex, i’d drop off the kids with whistle’s and gazoos’s , anything that would make a lot of noise it was great

  15. GretchensMom

    GretchensMom said, almost 6 years ago

    And just what, Grandparents, did John and Elly’s neighbors ever do to you that you’re punishing them this way?!

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