For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 3 years ago

    Based upon John’s facial expression in the final panel, it looks like he has gone sad too.

  2. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, about 3 years ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    John isn’t sad. He’s just realized that his angry outburst – chewing out a child who regrets what he’s done – has only needlessly hurt Michael’s feelings more.
    Here’s where he should turn the car around, and get a replacement.
    Michael has learned his lesson, and the gift is for Elly. And it’s important for Michael to know that, whatever happens, his dad loves him.

  3. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 3 years ago

    He doesn’t really look all that angry to me. But, thinking back, I believe I’d rather have had my dad angry than disappointed.

  4. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, as parents, we’re more inclined to act like John in such a situation rather than the understanding parent we should be. I remember a lot of words I should have eaten. Yes, John should turn around and go help Michael find another angel for his mom. After all, Ellie doesn’t deserve to pay the price for MIchael’s mistake by not having a gift from her son.

  5. rusty gate

    rusty gate said, about 3 years ago

    Can’t help but think of parents in CT this morning who regret if their last words to their 6 yr. old were ones of anger before sending them off to school last Friday.

  6. bawana

    bawana said, about 3 years ago

    @Jim in CT

    This is what is wrong with parenting today! DO NOT go back and get another one- make him face his mother with no present and I guarranty he will never do it again(and throw in many I told you’s to make sure he remembers).

  7. calabrok

    calabrok said, about 3 years ago


    He’ll remember all right… not sure if that’s the memory John would want Michael to have of him.

  8. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago


    It’s called teaching choice and accountability. If all Michael takes away from this incident is the lesson that Daddy will simply replace something each time that Michael breaks it, how is he ever going to understand that choices have consequences, and that while we’re always free to choose our actions, we’re never free to choose the consequences of those actions?

  9. Katiekicks

    Katiekicks said, about 3 years ago


    He’s crying. When a kid does something that makes them cry, they never forget that feeling

  10. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, about 3 years ago

    do you actually think John has a clue? that would be astounding. John is so clueless.

  11. Gordon McCallum

    Gordon McCallum said, about 3 years ago

    Tough lesson, but I agree, you can’t let him off that easily. Get a replacement but at his cost. If he can’t afford it right now a loan is the only solution. I would not want to see his whole Christmas with a dark cloud over it or a little boy who has to give mom a broken ornament, but there does have to be a consequence for his action.

  12. PocketNaomi

    PocketNaomi GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Gordon McCallum

    Take him back to the store, lay out the money to replace the angel, and let Michael work it off doing chores for a while at home if he doesn’t have enough money of his own to replace it. He’ll remember, and it will give him a chance to truly earn back the self-esteem he forfeited by breaking the thing, every time he does a job well and earns part of it back.

  13. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, about 3 years ago

    @Jim in CT

    Wrong, and turning the car around and getting a replacement would be wrong too. You would be teaching Mike that there is no consequence to his actions and somebody will always be there to fix his mistakes. Next time he will think before he acts.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    One of the things I loved about my dad was that he took things in stride. He didn’t get too upset when something got broken. Stuff, after all, was just stuff, and what couldn’t be repaired could be replaced. As long as it hadn’t been maliciously done, occasional breakage was not a big deal. We did, after all, have a gift shop, and china got broken in transit all the time. \

  15. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, about 3 years ago


    I would say try to repair it, and if he can’t just give Elly the ‘broken’ angel. I am sure she will appreciate the thought and the fact that he thought of her. I did a similat thing as a kid, and my mom still has the “broken” statue on her mantle!!!!

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