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

    I never visited my grandparents by myself without the parents… not even at Michael’s age. The only time my brother and I got to seem them was two years ago at a family reunion seeing some cousins and the cousins’ families… a few years after the grandparents’ deaths. In other words, my brother and I managed to to take solo drives to the cemetery and drive by their house.

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, almost 2 years ago

    Lawrence is making the point I was trying to make yesterday – - being allowed to make a trip across the country is a sign of being grown up. It’s odd Michael is getting this recognition from his parents, when they don’t trust him with a key to his house.

  3. mischugenah

    mischugenah said, almost 2 years ago

    I was about his age when my sister and I started making trips to our grandparents’ by ourselves.

  4. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Tell you what – let’s trade. I got to see my grandparents a few times while they were alive.

    However, I suspect you had your mother available for most, if not all, of your youth – i didn’t.

    Mine died when I was only eight and was pretty sickly for most of those. So I would much rather be in your shoes.

  5. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, almost 2 years ago


    Hey … he will be fully supervised “end-to-end”.

  6. gmartin997

    gmartin997 said, almost 2 years ago

    I don’t know. I remember my mom putting me on a train to go stay with my grandma for the summer when I was 12.

  7. Sportymonk

    Sportymonk said, almost 2 years ago

    Michael is not truly going alone. He is going to be put on a plane where he cannot wander of or go anywhere until they stop and somebody is there to meet him. A little different than driving somewhere by yourself.

  8. Sportymonk

    Sportymonk said, almost 2 years ago

    BTW, how many assumed it was a jet rather than a plane?

  9. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I agree, Mike. The first time you do something that is “grown-up” is a bit scary. My oldest doesn’t like staying at home by herself even though it’s only 20 minutes and her friends love it (yes, she’s old enough).

  10. Jean

    Jean said, almost 2 years ago

    my son went to see his grandmother on a plane by himself for the first time when he was 6. Back in the day children were totally supervised start to finish and they let him go into the cockpit and talk to the pilot and he loved it. In fact he went every year until he was 12 or 13. Michael will enjoy the flight.

  11. Coffee-Turtle

    Coffee-Turtle said, almost 2 years ago

    Is he excited or worried?

  12. sundogusa

    sundogusa said, almost 2 years ago

    I rode a train at age 12—-all by myself. I’m sure my mom freaked, while my dad just shrugged his shoulders. I think the world was a little bit safer back in the 60s!

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Aaron was eight years old when he decided that he’d like to go to Vancouver by himself and visit my mom and dad. We were surprised by his courage. Most kids his age would have been terrified of flying alone — and for such a long distance.

  14. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 2 years ago

    It does seem like a daunting experience, but they must believe the stewardesses will take good care of him until he’s met by his grandparents.

  15. AndiK

    AndiK said, almost 2 years ago

    My friend had to do this if she wanted to go see her dad every summer. She loved it. I would not have.

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