For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 3 years ago

    Having gone through this scenario with my boys for numerous school years, the best thing is to NOT buy him anything and let him wear his grungy stuff when everyone else is sporting new duds. Sooner or later, a cute looking female student will appear and, suddenly, the race will be on to buy cooler clothes.

  2. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, about 3 years ago


    Not for school this is for the plane trip Grandma’s in Vancouver.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    This trip was quite an adventure for all of us. I preoccupied myself with organizing clothes and other things he had to take — which took my mind off losing him to the great world out there.

  4. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 3 years ago

    I remember going shopping for clothes with my Mother. I hated it—no privacy—she was always in ‘the room’ with me, couldn’t wait until I came out. For some reason, she thought that I was going to ‘do something’ to make sure that they didn’t ‘feel right’ or so they ’didn’t look right’. I squirmed because of the ‘sizing’ they used to put in clothes, it made them itch. Before I would wear them, my Mother had to wash every new article of clothing I would get.

  5. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, about 3 years ago

    Is “straitjacket” not the correct spelling in Canada?
    With my kids, scratching meant their skin was reacting to the material in the clothing.
    I am not sure of boy’s clothing sizes in Canada in 1984, but size 12 seems pretty big for a kid in Grade 3. Young Michael must have been a big kid.

    1. Canada uses British spellings for English words in some cases; for example, the Rogers Centre, where the Toronto Maple Leafs (?) play.

    2. That scratching could also be the result of pins in the clothing and/or tags.

    3. I think Michael is in 5th grade. He looks like a 10-year-old.

  6. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, about 3 years ago


    Not for school this is for the plane trip Grandma’s in Vancouver.

    Don’t you know when someone is talking from personal experience as it relates to the strip?

  7. Adele Derwald

    Adele Derwald said, about 3 years ago

    Poor thing, how does she expect him to sit on a plane in pants that itch so much!

  8. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, about 3 years ago


    But what do you do if grungy is cool?
    Does anybody here remember – or remember wearing – Nehru shirts, tie-dye, bell-bottoms (on guys), turtle-neck sweaters, leisure suits? Once upon a time or another, each and every one of those things was all the rage. Today it seems like just about anything goes; play clothes all day.

  9. TexTech

    TexTech said, about 3 years ago


    I guess you are right. I am sitting here at my office desk in my robe. Of course, I do work from home.

  10. nickel_penny

    nickel_penny said, about 3 years ago

    Yeah, parents seem to think that’s a good idea. Of course, the clothes have stains and holes by the time they “fit”, and the kid has been feeling like a loser for having clothes that look stupid. It’s better to buy second hand clothes in good condition that actually fit.

  11. Raymond Powell

    Raymond Powell said, about 3 years ago

    Don’t forget the degrading and embarrassing crotch tug.

  12. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 3 years ago

    Yeah, I’d leave him alone in the fitting room. At least let him get dressed in peace.

  13. Cartoonzer

    Cartoonzer said, about 3 years ago

    I have three kids, I’m almost 50, master’s degree in psychology and my mom still does to me. So embarrassing. I keed I keed.

  14. androscoggin

    androscoggin said, about 3 years ago

    Our clothes were either homemade, hand-me-downs, or ordered from the Sears catalog. I didn’t know you could try clothes on in a store until I was an adult – and I still hate to do it!

  15. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Remember?? Oh, yes! The late ’60s, when the clothes were really fashion forward under Asian Indian influence (thank you, Beatles!), Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Twiggy. So cool and so much fun. Then you slide into the ’70s — polyester everything for women, polyester leisure suits for men and, oh, did I mention that miracle fiber, polyester? What an awful decade for clothes and cars!!

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