For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, about 4 years ago

    I would really like to know what “butter tarts” are. They sound delicious.

  2. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, about 4 years ago

    When I was Mike’s age my school was around the corner from my home and I went home for lunch. Come to think of it, the other kids who even lived a few blocks away, went home for lunch. I grew up in SE suburban Yonkers, NY>

  3. KasparV

    KasparV said, about 4 years ago


    Imagine a tiny pecan pie with raisins instead of pecans in it. They are absolutely scrumptious.

  4. Agent54

    Agent54 said, about 4 years ago

    5’th grade all of us had to go home for lunch. 1 hour. Needed it as I lived 3/4 mile from school. Only one family lived 3 houses farther from me. It was run both ways, except in warm weather all the guys stopped by the frog pond on the way back to kill time and scoop critters, Go Horton school.

  5. trekman58

    trekman58 said, about 4 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    Me too! My middle school was only 5 houses away and I’d go home and watch “I Dream of Jeannie” (reruns) while I had my lunch and then beat it back just in time as the bell went off!
    Fact is, I even had some friends who lived directly across the street from the school who did the same thing – it was great! Now, I’m sure that kind of thing is forbidden at most middle or jr high schools due to our wonderful society’s ever-present fears…

  6. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, about 4 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    and trekman58:

    My sister and I’d fly down the street and around the corner to catch as much of Bozo’s Circus (WGN/Chicago) as possible! …and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

  7. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 4 years ago

    No TV at lunch for me—didn’t have one until 1957 when I was in 6th grade. It was a struggle for six year old legs to make the mile each way to home for lunch and back to school in 1951.
    Moved about half way to school in summer between 6th and 7th grade but had to look towards a mile walk to high school for 8th grade—only then got to eat at school.

  8. Gordon McCallum

    Gordon McCallum said, about 4 years ago

    Most schools won’t allow kids to trade lunch items any more. Too many allergy concerns now. Come to think of it most don’t allow peanut butter now either. If that had been the case when my youngest was in school he would have starved to death. He lived on peanut butter.

  9. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 4 years ago

    Why would he want to trade all that good stuff for “second tier” stuff?
    Butter tarts do sound tasty!

  10. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, about 4 years ago

    pecan pie with raisins. why raisins. weird

  11. shapmandoo

    shapmandoo said, about 4 years ago


    Go Horton? Is that In Pennsylvania?

  12. shapmandoo

    shapmandoo said, about 4 years ago

    Up until sixth grade I went home for lunch. I was jealous of the bus riders that got to eat at the cafeteria. Then seventh grade and I started eating at the cafeteria too……. Not as bad as SNL made it out to be but sure missed my Gramy’s lunches.

  13. masnadies

    masnadies said, about 4 years ago

    Not sure about Elly, but seems that Lynn was fine with all the trading.

    Lynn’s Notes:

    Aaron was recently reminiscing about the great lunches I used to make for him; “Other kids might have a slice of cheese and some dry, white bread — but we got a great big, honking SANDWICH!” Katie didn’t share his enthusiasm; “I used to trade mine with a boy who always had sugar sandwiches.” (She’s always had a sweet tooth.) I wasn’t angry that Katie had given her lunches away — considering the poor diets of some kids, he probably needed a good, nutritious lunch more than she did.

  14. kevindix

    kevindix said, about 4 years ago

    In my area, a good butter tart has a runnier filling than a pecan pie, but the analogy is pretty good. Also, some producers are marketing “pecan butter tarts” along with the original, now called “raisin butter tarts”. More variants are emerging as well, starting with the obvious “pecan raisin butter tarts”.

    The proportion of raisins in a butter tart is also often considerably lower than the proportion of pecans in pecan pie.

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, about 4 years ago

    When I got to Jr. High School, we lived only a couple of blocks from school. I went home about half the time, but we had to have a special pass in order to leave campus for lunch.

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