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, over 2 years ago

    Bravo, Elle!

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago

    As I said yesterday, given the way that they undermine each other, I can’t see their marriage having worked. It would be one thing if Ellie was really joking, but given her track record, I imagine it’s a veiled slam.

  3. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 2 years ago


    Michael is only eight years old and has a knack for getting himself in trouble at the drop of a hat. I’d say that 15 minutes is a generous amount of time to trust him to stay out of trouble.

  4. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 2 years ago


    Nab, you can’t have had kids, or you trusted your wife to raise them. Her comment isn’t a slam (veiled or otherwise). It’s a comment based on reality.

  5. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 2 years ago

    I think Elly’s comment was a ‘double entendre’…a veiled comment that she didn’t trust her husband in Sue’s presence. Judging by the continued unabashed leer on John’s face, I’d say Elly had had enough of his drooling and wanted to end the situation in a very nice manner. She handled it well….in public; however, behind closed doors, thinks could get very heated at home.

  6. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, over 2 years ago



  7. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, over 2 years ago


    In real life her husband didn’t act out the way he is protrayed in the comic strips.

  8. gkid

    gkid said, over 2 years ago

    John lacks character, he is unfaithful and does not deserve
    Elly, at all. She would make it if he left. Elly has a lot
    more on the ball than she realizes.

  9. James

    James said, over 2 years ago

    It’s as long as Elle can trust her husband around the young, attractive librarian. And leaving an 8 yr old home alone is a little irresponsible.

  10. masnadies

    masnadies said, over 2 years ago

    My parents did that when I was 7 or 8, at a similar era to Michael’s. I was on my own after school by 9, and it was more the rule than the exception. A lot has to do with where you live. Our neighbours were out & about and looked out for each other. Anyone strange had been near our house and there would have been loads of people finding out why. It’s less safe nowadays, now that we’re more “cautious” but have lost so much of the community that used to look after us.

  11. KathyMc

    KathyMc GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    every kid is different. Michael seems a lot like my son and I would not leave him home alone for more than a few minutes.

  12. pixilcat

    pixilcat GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m thinking it is John she doesn’t trust.

  13. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    There is not a law in many states that says a child can’t be left home alone. Florida has the strictest guideline (not law) at age 18, which seems very conservative to me. Most of it depends on the maturity of the child and how the parents feel about it. Many of my child’s friends were left home starting at age 8, for an hour, and no one has ever complained or reported them.
    The ones who are usually reported are the kids who are put in charge of babies and toddlers at age 9. They’re too young to be left alone with babies at that age.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Aaron was at least eight before we would leave him at home on his own. We never left him for long – just an hour, perhaps. He always knew where we were, and it was a way to show him that he had our trust. We were able to do this because we had grandparents nearby and neighbours who knew everything that Aaron was up to…and would tell!

  15. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 2 years ago


    Talk about ‘hitting the nail on the head’, KFC, you nailed it. I wonder with the way John is, that they lasted as long as they did.

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