For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 1 year ago

    I don’t think that’s what your mother had in mind, Michael!

  2. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 1 year ago

    Flashback, 1964. This may as well have been about me.

  3. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 1 year ago

    So, knowing in advance that her brother’s place isn’t kid-friendly, why didn’t she bring along some toys for the kids?

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 1 year ago

    re: jancinlv

    Ellie reacts; she isn’t proactive.

  5. Bailey

    Bailey said, over 1 year ago

    @wecatsgocomics … I’m thinking.

  6. Bailey

    Bailey said, over 1 year ago


    …“But no-o-o, John and Elly had to drag them along to where they’re miserable!”
    FWIW? I got “dragged along” to places where kids and toys weren’t… and learned, and grew. It’s great for a kid to be able to expand — challenge — their universe, and thought processes. Talking — or living — down to a kid is a poisonous thing to do.

  7. masnadies

    masnadies said, over 1 year ago

    I think the idea of bringing toys along to entertain kids is pretty modern. When I was growing up in the 70’s, it was considered unusual that my mother would bring pencil and paper to church or restaurants (which didn’t offer crayons till much more recently), or little toys to hours-long swim meets. Kids were expected to not bother their parents and to be quiet for an hour or 2 in the dullest of circumstances (grandparents talking over a long, fancy dinner about people you didn’t know). It was considered good for us to learn how to “deal” with adult things, because that’s what we were being trained for.

  8. jim12345

    jim12345 said, over 1 year ago

    This was like me at one time poor little sister ??

  9. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I agree with Bailey and masnadies! We went to my grandparents a lot and they were definitely not “kid-friendly” (whatever that means… like everyone should have plastic toys lying around, solely for the entertainment of children). I learned how to make playing card houses, read the newspaper as a small child, explore, help my grandmother out, and (God forbid) play with my sister. Kids need to learn how to interact with all ages and deal with different situations, and learn that there is not always something that caters to them.

  10. NightShade09

    NightShade09 said, over 1 year ago


    You asked “why didn’t she bring along some toys for the kids?”
    Come on, people! Get real!

  11. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 1 year ago

    And so the rottenness begins.

  12. L Nelson

    L Nelson said, over 1 year ago

    Well Uncle Phil does have the television, so why doesn’t he join his sister? Doesn’t Uncle Phil have any paper and pencils? Does he have a yard? If nothing else, let Michael lean against the wall and mope.

  13. Lovecats

    Lovecats GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @L Nelson

    The leaning against the wall and moping bit will come when he hits the teens (or maybe a little before).

  14. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 1 year ago

    I agree Elly should’ve brought something to entertain the kids. This reminds me of a very boring Sunday I had when I was around 9 I guess. Our family traveled to a city about 2 hours way to visit some great aunt and I was too young to go in and visit her so I had to wait in the waiting room with nothing to do for several hours. If I’d just brought a book along it would’ve made all the difference.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    My grandfather had the only car in the family, so if we went anywhere the bus didn’t go, we went with him. He always exacted a price. In order to make a trip profitable for him, we had to stop off at one of his clients’ homes first. Gramps was a stamp dealer, so en route to a family picnic, we had the horrible task of having to sit in some old fart’s dreary home and behave ourselves until he had ended his talking, his tea, and our patience. As Alan and I sat fidgeting and contemplated his demise, I looked to the future. I thought about having my own home and I vowed that I would always have toys for kids to play with, even if I had no kids myself. One of the first things I bought when I had my first apartment was a teddy bear. Toys have always been essential in my life… to the extent that I still buy them, still find joy in the innovation of new ideas, and still play with them whenever I have a child around to encourage me. My grandfather was a grouchy old miser… but thanks to him, the kids who visit my house enjoy their time!

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