For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, about 2 years ago

    poor LIzzie, one time I went two weeks without looking at my older brother when I was five, its a sister thing

  2. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 2 years ago

    Elizabeth’s still just a very little girl..she’s talking a little bit more grown up but still thinks in baby speak. What a darlin’!

  3. M2MM

    M2MM said, about 2 years ago

    Little kids ask the same question if they don’t understand the first answer, or they want to hear a different answer altogether. “He’ll be home tomorrow” is what she wants to hear. :)

  4. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    I agree! Even if Elly told her, “Michael will be home in 4 days,” that still wouldn’t compute with her. Only today or tomorrow is something that makes sense to her. I give examples they can understand, like “right after dinner” rather than “at 7pm”.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Even though she was the centre of attention when he was gone and even though they fought often, Katie really missed her older brother. She’d lie awake and talk about him. One night, she even asked if she could sleep in his bed.

  6. hearthknitter

    hearthknitter said, about 2 years ago

    We used to talk in terms of “sleeps.”
    “Grandma will be here after three more sleeps.” That meant there would be three more bedtimes and then after that, Grandma! :)

  7. LuvThemPluggers

    LuvThemPluggers said, about 2 years ago


    My kids would’ve just taken three naps in a row, figuring that would get the brother home in a jiffy. Or….they would stay awake all night, hoping to prevent the return, f they didn’t get along so well.

  8. androscoggin

    androscoggin said, about 2 years ago

    I have a friend whose wife moved out, and he often said how much he missed her. They never divorced or even got a legal separation. She lived nearby and they talked sometimes. After 11 years, she asked if she could come back, and he gladly said yes. Within a day she was driving him crazy with annoying habits, and he began complaining constantly. After a while I asked him whether he was still glad she was back, in spite of all the problems. Now when he complains, it’s gentler – and he says, “But that’s the way she is, and I love her anyway.”
    Lizzie may be a bit young to grasp that when Michael comes back.

  9. Mai Griffin

    Mai Griffin said, about 2 years ago


    Lovely – exactly what mine would have done…

  10. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 2 years ago


    Yeah, I hate that as an adult. Especially when people try to tell me ‘soon’, ‘later’, or ‘in a bit’. someone should really notice I’m not a ten-year-old kid, and I can’t set my watch for SOON!

  11. Luvbundle57

    Luvbundle57 said, about 2 years ago

    Aw…Poor Lizzie. This is what it’s like to miss your tormentor or torment’ee’. My youngest granddaughter works my eldest’s last nerve every minute of every day! Yet when the eldest went to camp for a week, the youngest couldn’t sleep, didn’t want to play with anybody else, sang “I miss Sanai” in the bathtub (thought nobody could hear her), and practically knocked her down when Sanai got off the bus! It was precious! Mike’s got a big hug coming!

  12. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 2 years ago

    Right. That’s how it was in my family.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 2 years ago


    Very interesting story! I’m kind of thinking this is how it will be for me.

  14. Coffee-Turtle

    Coffee-Turtle said, about 2 years ago

    Big brothers, boooooo!

  15. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 2 years ago

    Kids often don’t understand time and distance concepts, however carefully and simply you explain them.

    When my daughter was about five or so, a friend stayed with us for a few weeks who she totally adored. When he knew he’d be leaving in ten days, I set about preparing her for his departure. We looked at maps, and I explained that he would be way too far away when he went home to come back and visit any time soon. I emphasized that over the ten days. She assured me she understood. She could paraphrase what I’d told her.

    He left. She was totally devastated for weeks. Whatever it was she understood intellectually, it was no preparation for his actual absence.

    There is no way to deal with this, except patience and compassion. They understand what they understand when they understand it, and the process can’t be rushed.

    We expect the wrong things from our small children, or actually, from any of them. When I was a child, the saying was that ‘you can’t put an old head on young shoulders’.

    That’s reality.

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