For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    So where’s Elly’s cup?

  2. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago

    I think a lot of moms feel the same way Elly does. When your entire day is filled with small children and housework, you sometimes feel overwhelmed. Having an adult like Anne to talk to can help. Once you get back out into the world, even part time, you realize that you haven’t reverted to childhood after all.

  3. L Nelson

    L Nelson said, over 3 years ago


    Speak for yourself! I never felt that way! I home schooled mine too. You don’t have to become a child, or act like a child, when you stay home with a child!

    SPOILER!!! Don’t read if the strip is new to you! (If she feels this way, why does she have another?)

  4. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, over 3 years ago


  5. janinabarnes

    janinabarnes said, over 3 years ago

    I appreciate my kids all the more for being away from them part of the week. Some of us were not intended to be stay at home moms. I become depressed whenever I have more than two months at home without work or school, and that was true before I had kids as well.

  6. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 3 years ago

    Everybody (male and female) needs something that keeps them in touch with their own self. My husband likes going out to lunch while at work, and while I always brought my lunch, I don’t begrudge him his social time. He also likes going out with his friends after work to blow off some steam. I like my time with my friends too, and he accepts that as well. It has nothing to do with me (or him) not wanting to be with our kids or each other. We just need time with others who can understand us in other ways sometimes.

  7. samfran60

    samfran60 said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks for the info yesterday. I love your tuxedo kitty avatar.

  8. GretchensMom

    GretchensMom said, over 3 years ago

    Oh, poor, poor Elly . . . my heart is absolutely BLEEDING for her right now. What a complete DRUDGERY — not to mention pain in the rear end — it must be having to stay home from a part-time job at the library where she’s “low man on the totem pole” and be forced pretty much against her will to take care of a sick child that she so willingly brought into the world approximately 3 short years ago (whether she was planned or not). I just feel so SORRY for her!!!!!


    [ Yeah, right!!!!! ]

  9. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    @L Nelson

    I home schooled, too, but there was a short period when my daughter was a toddler when I’d have killed for some adult company.

    But then, I was a single mother, which undoubtedly contributed to that. But I’m also a loner almost to the point of being anti-social, and I found it surprising to be so needy of company of some kind. It was an altogether new thing for me.

    I think that women who are isolated with their children are quite likely to feel this way at least some of the time. You don’t even have to be a single mother, if you are married to a workaholic who sees the children as ’Mom’s job’.

    I’d think it might have been both better and worse had there been more than one. I also think that motherhood can be very isolating in this culture, and probably very difficult for women who aren’t basically very self sufficient.

    This culture really isn’t at all supportive of motherhood. Mothers and infants are both vulnerable, which paints an exploitation target right on your forehead if you are one of those.

    Motherhood is hard enough without that.

  10. loves raising duncan

    loves raising duncan said, over 3 years ago

    She’s lucky to have Anne to have coffee with!

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