For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 5 years ago

    Sometimes it’s not about the money.

  2. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, over 5 years ago

    Ain’t that the truth.

  3. Snoopy_Fan

    Snoopy_Fan said, over 5 years ago

    John should be concerned… HIS salary is going to have to pay for the gas and the daycare.

  4. janisil

    janisil said, over 5 years ago

    Happy wife,Happy home

  5. PhoebeDog

    PhoebeDog said, over 5 years ago

    As a woman, I have mixed feelings on this. I know too many women who insisted on a house before their husband was ready, insisted on kids before their husband was ready, and then complain nonstop about their house and kids and that their husbands “don’t do their share.”

    Plus, lots of stay at home wives (not necessarily mothers of young children) seem to think working is wonderful. I know the grass is always greener, but I would love to be able to stay home and not work!

  6. Vice Admiral Allan

    Vice Admiral Allan GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Love the last panel… it’s a psychotic look that John should run far far away from!

  7. psychlady

    psychlady said, over 5 years ago

    Good for Elly! She’s doing something for herself that she enjoys!

  8. Rug Ratz

    Rug Ratz said, over 5 years ago

    Some things, such as quality of life, cannot be calculated by dollar signs. John needs to think of her more than the checkbook and together they make it work. Yes, I wish my wife had a job, but she is also available to friends in time of need, church volunteering and helping the kids. You just figure it out and make it happen because it is worth it.

  9. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 5 years ago

    @Snoopy_fan: unless you are in a marriage that has separate bank accounts (it works for some, but I never understood it), it’s not HIS money. It’s THEIR money, so that should be taken out of the picture. I worked until my youngest was 4, and have been home for 2 years (yes, I did it backwards than most) and my husband has never said anything about HIS money, MY money, OUR money. It has always been about what is best for our FAMILY. The logic about whose money it belongs to is very petty, and that should never belong in a healthy marriage.

  10. masnadies

    masnadies said, over 5 years ago

    Yup, my husband is 100% on the side of OUR money and OUR happiness coming from everyone being happy. Nobody is perfect, but you can definitely work to make everyone happy, and that takes sacrifices.

    We’ve seen Elly sacrifice, and we see that it sometimes leads to her being a little crazed (she loved her class, though!). Now we’ll see what happens when they try something else. Isn’t that how most of us go through life? At least, she knows there is a problem and is doing something about it!

    I have the impression that Elly (and John, for that matter) was happier overall later in the strip, and probably it started like this.

  11. summerdog

    summerdog said, over 5 years ago

    PhoebeDog gets two paws up from me!

    I have seen several stay at home moms go to work “just to get out a bit”, love it out there so much that they eventually ditch the house, husband, kids and dog for it. (have I mentioned that cute co-workers helped ease that choice?)

  12. Boyd West

    Boyd West said, over 5 years ago

    It’s just a comic strip….

  13. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    It’s HIS money going to pay for it, not hers. But I can understand her need for intellectual stimulation & getting out of the humiliating subservience of domestic service.

  14. yyyguy

    yyyguy said, over 5 years ago

    being a nurturing parent is NOT humiliating (as far as i’ve heard). and a marriage is supposed to be a partnership with all things held in common – no “his money” vs. “her money” argument, it’s all “theirs” (as was stated earlier).

  15. GretchensMom

    GretchensMom said, over 5 years ago


    There’s no “I” in team . . . and while there is one in “mine”, that’s not exactly a healthy attitude for a happy and successful marriage — only a subservient one, which is pretty much doomed to fail.

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