For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago

    Funny, so does my husband…..

  2. Earl  Wash

    Earl Wash said, over 3 years ago

    I was 5 in ’36 when mom and dad took me to see my very first movie in the Cusick, Washington Grange Hall. That pretty little curly haired girl dancing and singing along that picket fence was the most wonderful thing I ever saw. Yup, Shirley Temple…my very first love.

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve never seen a shirley temple movie, but I sure appreciate the Hollywood of 30+ years and older compared to now. They could actually write and the actors and actresses could actually act.

  4. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    That was also when the casting couch got its reputation.

  5. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Nothing to worry about, John. It’s not like you’re married to Elizabeth Taylor.

  6. JazzyBella

    JazzyBella GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Ha Ha! Love it when the shoe is on the other foot.

  7. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Raspberryice54

    Everything is a trade-off, ma’am. You can have freedom, independence, and no accountability, which can be great fun. Or you can have the kind of fulfillment you only get by willingly laying down your freedom in order to love one person and devote yourself to that relationship…and becoming more than you could ever have imagined you could be on your own.

     

    Independence beats the hell out of a lousy relationship — but a good relationship is a 1 + 1 = 3 kind of deal, and independence is a lousy substitute for that. (I’ve had both.) Good luck to you, and to us all, in what we end up with.

  8. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    On the gooood ship, Lollipop……

  9. dsom8

    dsom8 said, over 3 years ago

    Abusive, @ladyfingers86?? Elly’s lucky to have someone who cares enough to worry. John would be a real lout if he failed to wait up for her. As I said yesterday, he’s probably not as worried about the celebrating as he is about the getting home afterward. I feel sorry about your appearance of bitterness.

  10. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Raspberryice54

    Well, I did say, “Independence beats the hell out of a lousy relationship” — and no one should stay in an abusive relationship, or any one without mutual respect and simple kindness. And yes, luck does have a lot to do with finding a good life partner.

     

    But while most human relationships are less than perfect, they can still be worth hanging on to for the long haul — you may annoy the living crap out of each other at times, but you can still be friends at the end of the day, and have fun overall. What you have to be is stubbornly rooted in the ethic that the relationship is more important than either one of you individually, that “we” trumps “me”.

     

    You’re right: it’s better to be a live single than a dead married — but (speaking only for myself) it’s better to be a live married, as long as the relationship qualifies as at least “mostly good” — and most of them mostly do.

  11. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 3 years ago

    Why is John waiting up for Elly? She’s in her 30s and has 2 kids at home. You would think she could take care of herself and John wouldn’t treat her like a teenager on her first date. It is confusing, because this is one of those situations where Lynn Johnston is telling a very subtle story. She does this from time-to-time for the readers who pay attention.

    First clue – Yesterday (see link) Phil tells John that Elly said if she passed her exam, she’d paint the town and John’s first reaction is to say that he trusts her, which of course means he doesn’t trust her. John realizes what most students would realize, i.e. you don’t know the result of your exam right after you take your exam. It’s an obvious lie, and just an excuse for Elly to stay out. Why would she do that? Who is she really out with?

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    To get the answer for that you have to go back to Tuesday, May 24 (see link). Connie is talking to Elly and then the phone rings and it is Ted McCaulay. Connie tells Ted to stop calling her, but she doesn’t address the main issue at hand which is, “Why is Ted calling Connie at Elly’s house?” He isn’t. Why would Elly be taking calls from Ted?

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    To get the answer for that you have to go back to the strips on May 19 (see link) and May 20. In them, John says he would like to fall in love again, and then in the next strip Elly asks John if he would rather be with someone else and John foolishly says he would, but declares that to be normal. There is Elly’s motivation. But how would John know what she was up to?

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    It’s not clear how he found out, but the fact he knows is evident in the comic strip from May 12 (see link). In this comic strip, Ted is worried that John is mad at him about when he stopped dating Connie. John antagonizes Ted by telling him that Connie is seeing someone else, but fails to mention it is Phil whom Ted would recognize is not a threat. Why would John even care if Connie is with Ted? He wouldn’t, unless that meant a Ted occupied with Connie would not be a Ted spending time with the only woman whom John would care if Ted was with.

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  12. Earl  Wash

    Earl Wash said, over 3 years ago

    A bunch of you guys are missing the possible point that Jon is conserned about his dear wife’s safety after dark, i.e. hope she doesn’t meet with possible foul play, will the car get her home alright, I hope she’s OK, I love her…and the list goes on. I’ve been there.

  13. imrobert

    imrobert said, over 3 years ago

    When was the last time anyone said “So long man” when going to bed in the same house?

  14. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago

    @howtheduck

    You are a sick man. There has never even been a hint of infidelity in this strip in more than 30 years. Go peddle your theories somewhere else.

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago

    @Earl Wash

    Earl, you have said it best.

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