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 2 years ago

    Also, don’t forget the shoes, lass.

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, almost 2 years ago

    My little sisters loved going outside to play in the grass. I don’t blame Elizabeth for heading out without shoes. It’s June and Lizzie is going to be sweating with that sweater on though. The fascinating part of Lizzie’s still unnamed illness is what measures Elly is taking for her recovery. Lizzie is allowed to :

    a. Get into a physical battle with her brother over toys (last week)
    b. Go outside and play (as long as she wears a sweater and presumably shoes)

    Clearly strong physical exertion is allowed, but not exposure to the outdoor elements of a southern Ontario June. What kind of disease has those allowances with those precautions? Any ideas?

  3. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, almost 2 years ago

    It’s called ‘Motheritis!’ Elly’s walking a fine line between being a caring,cautious mother and not wanting to overdo with the protectionism and keeping her daughter from playing with her brother and friends.

    The kids are old enough now to have become used to the weather changes; however, Elizabeth has not been sick very often so that becomes the prime concern.

  4. mdcdjg2008

    mdcdjg2008 said, almost 2 years ago

    I went to school one day without shoes my mom had to take off work to bring some to me. I hated shoes as a kid.

  5. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, almost 2 years ago


    It’s been a rule in Louisiana since 1950.

  6. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 2 years ago

    She doesn’t need a jacket in June in Ontario. Right now we’re having beautiful weather, it’s warm without being overly hot. But shoes should always be necessary, you never know what a kid might step into. Or an adult either for that matter.

  7. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, almost 2 years ago

    But Elly, how can she go “Barefoot in the Park”?

  8. michael pokrivnak

    michael pokrivnak said, almost 2 years ago


    Oh stop, let her be a kid. Kids used to have a lot more freedom but , with the 24hr news cycle everyone is scared spite less. Kids are under 24 hr observation or sitting in front of a computer.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Even on the most miserable winter days, my kids seemed immune to the cold. Mittens, boots, warm socks and headgear were fought against in their hurry to get out doors. They only came in when they were blue and shivering and had to be thawed out in a hot bath. Knowing he was freezing, I once called out to Aaron saying, “What are you waiting for, why don’t you come inside?” and he replied, " My fingers still work!"

  10. Sierra

    Sierra said, almost 2 years ago


    My kids were that way to!

  11. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, almost 2 years ago

    Well, she’s not technically disobeying you, Elly!

  12. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, almost 2 years ago


    It’s June now, but who knows what month it was when this strip first ran?
    Original Publication Date, 11 June 1984

  13. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, almost 2 years ago

    barefoot but not pregnet yet?

  14. loves raising duncan

    loves raising duncan said, almost 2 years ago

    Nice try Elizabeth!

  15. mightaswellbe

    mightaswellbe said, almost 2 years ago

    Ah yes, as a child I ran barefoot through the clover all the time. And for the longest time I thought the only place you got bee stung was on the bottom of your feet!

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