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 3 years ago

    Oh, c’mon, Elly! Show that motherly care!

  2. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, over 3 years ago

    and why cannot JOHN stay home Templo SUD? Maybe he could show a bit of ‘fatherly’ care? Surely you are not suggesting that his work is more important than hers… even if she is doing part-time?

  3. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 3 years ago

    Every parents’ nightmare – a sick child. What? You thought I meant something else?

  4. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, over 3 years ago

    I suspect that is probably the card John plays. His business cannot run without him, whereas the same cannot be said about Elly,

    yeah, I know. Just irritates the beejezzus out of me – we see it all the time here at work. Then I have to remind myself that this is a 30 year old comic for goodness sakes!!! :-) rofl.

  5. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 3 years ago

    If Elizabeth is now too sick to go to play care, you can almost count on Michael getting this same illness and having to stay home from school for several days,as well. Truthfully, John’s job IS more important than Ellie’s as he is the major breadwinner of the family. Ellie should do what almost all mothers have to do in a case like this….stay home and help Elizabeth get well as quickly as feasible.

    I’m not being chauvinistic; I’ve had to do this too even though I was the ONLY breadwinner in a household of six kiddoes. Moms still have to be moms when their child is sick.

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    re: downundergirl

    Even a dentist, would you want a doctor to ignore his/her patients? A librarian is not exactly in the same league. No one is going to get an infection or lose part of their jaw from a librarian not working.

  7. PhoebeDog

    PhoebeDog said, over 3 years ago

    People, think for a minute. Rescheduling an entire day’s worth of patients? Who have already made time in THEIR schedules to go to the dentist? And then having to fit them back into what is probably an already pretty packed schedule? I’m sorry, I am a female, but there is no comparison here.

  8. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    Ellie will just have to suck it up and stay home and take care of her child. I was a single mom of 3 and many days I had to stay home from work to take care of a sick child and I didn’t have sick days to use to get paid……….so no work no pay. You do what you have to do.

  9. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    throw up on her Elizabeth, that will convince her you are sick.

  10. the old hen

    the old hen said, over 3 years ago


    OOHH- Yah….that’ll do it!!

  11. Red Phantom

    Red Phantom said, over 3 years ago

    Who even said John was still home? Pretty selfish: John can you come home, and ask all your patients to reschedule, so I can go to work? Especially since you can the only one there doing your job and I have several librarians to fill in for my?
    It’s not just about male and female people, there are many more things to consider here. There are times when John watches the kids so Elly can work. It’s not like he refuses to help with them.
    The big question is why don’t they have a sick kid babysitter backup? I know they are out there and were 30 years ago too. Sitters who will watch a sick child when parents can’t take time off of work and can’t send them to daycare.

  12. goweeder

    goweeder said, over 3 years ago


    “………a household of six kiddoes.”
    And whart if those six kiddoes each has six kiddoes – You see how the ‘exponential’ theory works?

  13. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    I have to agree with all of you. Elly is low woman on the totem pole so they can get along without her a lot better than Jon’s office can get along without him. People who need dental care pretty much need it NOW. If she were the dentist and he the librarian I’d still say the dentist is more important. It’s not a male/female thing, it’s a matter of whose job is more important.

  14. mkcsSquirrel

    mkcsSquirrel said, over 3 years ago

    Elly should stay home because her job is less important but even if it was as important she would still be expected to stay home. Once you are the stay at home mom who handles everything kid related even when later both parents are working at equally important jobs the sick kid job still falls to the former stay at home mom. Partially out of habit for the other parent and partially out of guilt for the mom

  15. Stuart Gathman

    Stuart Gathman said, over 3 years ago

    The scheduling, income loss, and urgent patient problems make John’s work more urgent (and Elly should stay home). But that does not make his work more important.

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