For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, almost 2 years ago

    I’m sure thousands of moms can identify with this strip today. It certainly touches the heart.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @kfccanada

    And they never really do let go completely, even when the kids are adults with families of their own. That’s just the way parents are! :-)

  3. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, almost 2 years ago

    A different form of separation anxiety.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    I’m not sure who gets the feeling more the mothers or the children.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Aaron and Katie were both independent children. Trusting and eager to explore, they enjoyed Kindergarten, Saturday art classes, junior skating, and other activities that required them to be separated from Mom and Dad for a period of time. I credit this not just to parenting but to the wonderful daycare workers, playschool teachers, babysitters, and other caregivers who worked with them during their formative years. Together, we instilled confidence in themselves and confidence in us. We were really fortunate to have such a responsible, trustworthy team of people to back us up and give the kids a healthy, enjoyable, and safe environment to grow up in.

  6. luckylouie

    luckylouie said, almost 2 years ago

    @legaleagle48

    There was a movie called “Parenthood” in about 1989. It was a comedy, but Steve Martin had one line that said it all: “There’s no end zone in parenthood. You’ll never get to cross the goal line and spike the ball and listen to the crowd cheer. You just get on a roller coaster and you NEVER got off.”

  7. Gator007

    Gator007 said, almost 2 years ago

    @kfccanada

    And Dads too

  8. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, almost 2 years ago

    I can relate to this strip. Our daughters are 7-1/2 and 10, and the letting-go doesn’t get easier as they get older, but is necessary. We just keep the old saying in mind: roots & wings.

  9. NightShade09

    NightShade09 said, almost 2 years ago

    Your kids are children for only a few years.
    But you are a parent forever.

  10. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, almost 2 years ago

    Lynn Johnston has done several comic strips along these lines before with generally the same punch line, i.e., the mother is more anxious than the child about being dropped off. At this time her life, Lynn’s daughter Katie would have recently started kindergarten, and this is the source for her to redo this joke another time.

  11. wndrwrthg

    wndrwrthg GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    “Mothers are like that…yeah they are”.

  12. summerdog

    summerdog said, almost 2 years ago

    Wasn’t this the same kid that pitched a fit about going there not that long ago? There is a lesson somewhere in that for mothers, I think.

  13. Perkycat

    Perkycat GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @K.C. Fahel

    Wait until they start driving. That was my hardest letting go point. You want to give them wings but please keep the tires on the road.

  14. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @summerdog

    Yes, but when Elly came to pick Elizabeth up at the end of the day, Elizabeth’s response was “Who?”

  15. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @wndrwrthg

    I learned a long time ago that a mother starts worrying about her child from the moment she finds out she’s pregnant — and she never stops. I’m almost 52, and I KNOW my mother still worries about me! :)

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