For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. JohnDKruse

    JohnDKruse GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    All I can say is that I went thru this same sort of thing with my mother throwing some of my stuff out without asking me and now I have become a pack rat and can’t hardly throw anything out! If mothers want to teach a lesson, have your kid work with you and both decide what should be thrown out.
    Sorry, but it still bugs me. And thanks for letting me vent!

  2. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 2 years ago

    Point to Michael!

  3. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 2 years ago

    @JohnDKruse: So what you are saying is that kids who grow up in a home where the parents throw out their stuff without the kids’ permission, grow up to be packrats. It sounds logical and explains why I have a lot of clutter in my home.

  4. Carolyn Mack

    Carolyn Mack said, over 2 years ago

    When my sister was 12, the family was moving and my mom systematically threw a few of her dolls away every trash day My sisters were staying a few blocks away at my grandma’s, to finish the school year. every trash day, my sister would sneak over to the old house and rescue her dolls. she saved almost all of them ,then hid them . when she went away to college, she took them with her, in case my mom found them and tossed them! 64 years later, she has quite the doll collection,which I believe all started with mom trying to get rid of them in the first place!

  5. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 2 years ago

    Ellie’s eyes speak volumes. She is really choked that Michael has dared to speak his opinion on the matter. I raised 5 boys and a girl and I would no more think of throwing out an extra GI Joe doll/ equipment or a Barbie doll outfit than tossing one of my Elvis LP’s. All those toys came in handy when I started a babysitting service after some of my kids were working and no longer home all the time.

    Eventually, I sold the toys in a yard sale…along with the LP’s …and shared the money with them all.

  6. stuffinup

    stuffinup GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m getting tired of this storyline. Next!

  7. GSJ Olé

    GSJ Olé said, over 2 years ago

    I never threw away anything belonging to our boys. However, after a week of grandkids visiting, I went to the basement, saw parts to at least 5 different board games strewn across the floor, gathered them all up, and tossed them all. I had no idea what went with what, nor if anything was a full set.

  8. Old Timer

    Old Timer GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    When I joined the Air Force in 1956 my mother threw out my old stuff… including my baseball cards.and an old container with some valuable coins in it.

  9. Old Timer

    Old Timer GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    I hadn’t thought of that… my wife hoards “stuff”, and I am sure her mother threw out her stuff every time they moved (they were military).

  10. mkcsSquirrel

    mkcsSquirrel said, over 2 years ago

    I do not like the word hoarding. It sounds bad. It seems to me it is “saving for reuse/recycling”’ when you have a lot of space to store it and hoarding to save the same stuff when you have limited space

  11. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 2 years ago

    Some people may become hoarders because their parents threw stuff out, or because they were deprived in the Great Depression, but I think each case is different. My mom never threw out stuff of mine, but I’m kind of a hoarder type. I didn’t throw out my younger daughter’s stuff when she was a kid, but she’s a big-time hoarder now (her older sister isn’t). IMHO, there’s a genetic component here, as well as a learned one. See
    page 21, “Genetic Factors.”

  12. Night-Gaunt49

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

    It seems that most parents do this to their children. Including throwing away perfectly good comic books, believer they are a “bad influence.”

  13. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, over 2 years ago

    Please, we all know the real reason John stepped in. Michael winning an argument? Elly the Witch proven wrong!? We can’t have that, their entire evil regime would be brought down!

  14. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, over 2 years ago

    BUTT OUT JOHN, you know bloody well what Elly did was wrong, stop trying to keep Michael from holding her accountable!

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 2 years ago

    There is a huge difference between a pack-rat type and a hoarder. A pack-rat holds on to things that are meaningful. A hoarder holds on to EVERYTHING! Usually to the point of unsanitary, unhealthful conditions. Hoarding is a psychological disorder. Saving your personal treasures is not.

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