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, almost 3 years ago

    I hope Gordon got a better punishment than what Michael’s gonna get.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, almost 3 years ago

    I know mothers are supposed to know everything, but do they always have to prove it? How did Elly know where Michael had been?

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 3 years ago

    Striking that parents back then worried about the unlikely, but would ignore what was going on under their noses. For example, the video games of the 1980s were a constant topic, with this or that claim that never panned out, but at the same time, how many people got into the drug scene and ended up invalids, dead, in crime, or otherwise crashed and burned?
    Or D&D. Back then it seemed like any type of role playing game was either “satanic” or would “make kids kill themselves.” None of those claims panned out, either.
    My least favorite example was how churches in the 1980s were against all sorts of things that were hearsay or fads, or had ideas like “dancing causes impure thoughts” but had a “wink wink, girls will be girls” when most of them abandoned the churches, started sleeping around , did drugs, etc.
    Well, you can guess what happened.
    It never pays to worry about next year when the bus is about to hit you.

  4. sandra mackin

    sandra mackin said, almost 3 years ago


    We all feel the need to learn from our past which is a good thing, but too quickly form generalizations from some of our experiences. I could give many examples from my experience that would contradict your experiences. This world contains many people and unfortunately it is impossible to reliably generalize on anything concerning people. All we can do is learn from our experiences and how they affected us.

  5. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, almost 3 years ago

    Love the ‘Subcutaneous’ part…

  6. Jean

    Jean said, almost 3 years ago

    any mom worth her salt knows that if she tells a child they can’t go to a particular place, that is the one place that becomes the one place they MUST go at least once. And since he was out with Gordon, and he already told her that Gordon is allowed to go there, then it stands to reason that thye went there. Also was maybe a good guess. lol

  7. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Lynn’s Notes:
    I had a couple of friends who were latchkey kids. Their parents worked and after work, they’d spend time at the bar before going home. Both girls were the guardians of younger siblings. They literally raised their brothers and sisters because their parents were never home. I remember being jealous of my friends’ freedom. We played “house.” We’d put the little ones to bed and pretend we were grown ups. For me, it was a wonderful game…but later, I could go home and be a kid again.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Playing adult can help for when you become an adult and have children.

  9. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, almost 3 years ago

    if they allowed smoking in the arcade…Mom would have smelled it on his clothes. Especially since they have a smoke free house.

  10. So  Lonely

    So Lonely said, almost 3 years ago

    That is not lucky at all to have parents that don’t care and make rules because they care.

  11. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 3 years ago

    I used to have friends who claimed they could “do anything they wanted” but as they said that they sounded very sad. I think they wished their parents had established some boundaries because it would’ve showed they cared.

  12. Norman L Jones Sr

    Norman L Jones Sr GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    A GPS tracker sewed in his clothes?

  13. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 3 years ago

    Also Elly’s family was partly a surrogate for Gordon.
    Anyway, it doesn’t sound like Elly forbade Michael from going to the arcade, so she can only be disappointed. Doesn’t sound like a punishable offense.

  14. summerdog

    summerdog said, almost 3 years ago

    OK, who was the tattle-tale? Telling on someone is as bad as the crime.

  15. exturk

    exturk said, almost 3 years ago

    When my wife was a little girl, she had been told that the lights were kept low in taverns so nobody could see the cockroaches.
    So, one day she walked into one and started looking around:
    What are you doing in here?
    Looking for the cockroaches!
    Go on home – your mother wants you!
    And, when she got home, mom asks “Where have you been? I need you.”
    For years she wondered how the bartender knew that mom wanted her!

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