For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 11 months ago

    This one takes me back. I used to love playing pretend war with my friends when I was little. As for Mike’s final statement, he has got it completely right. The people who work in the military get to work with some fantastic machines. I imagine it would be enormously exciting to get to fly an F-35, or work on an aircraft carrier, or ride in a tank.

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 11 months ago

    re: how the duck

    Unfortunately, there’s a least a half dozen interest groups who think the military is something “fun” or just a career or they think it’s like the boy scouts used to be.

  3. g55rumpy

    g55rumpy said, 11 months ago

    it`s all fun and games until the the bullets fly

  4. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, 11 months ago

    I remember when I was little, I was the only girl in my neighborhood so I hung around the little boys my age. I turned into a tomboy and didn’t realize it until a new girl showed up and I threw a “water grenade” at her. She hated me until we graduated elementary school and she moved away

  5. bluskies

    bluskies said, 11 months ago

    It’s only fun until someone shoots you and you can’t get up. There are no “do-overs” in a real war. People kill each other, and they die for real. It’s not a game, and it’s anything but fun when somebody’s shooting back with real bullets or that RPG comes screaming in.

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    Unfortunately it also includes killing men, women and children. Blowing them up into red mist if there is anything lest. Our military is trying to harness and channel that enthusiasm as preparation for real combat.

  7. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @howtheduck

    That’s really sad. It may be “fun” to play with toys but those “toys” are killing machines. So, if you’re lucky you get to kill some one else. If you’re not, well…
    Either way it is hardly fun.

    Unfortunately, it is in the interests of the politicians, military and industry to promote the “fun” illusion.

  8. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, 11 months ago

    @TheSkulker

    There’s one in every crowd.

  9. jf.salve

    jf.salve said, 11 months ago

    yes Mike – in the grown up army you really do get to kill people if you go to war. A military for defense of one’s country is always needed – but war is not and killing is always a last sad resort. Many soldiers find when the time comes that coping with having actually killed another human being an awful thing to live with. War is not fun – but it is an increasingly frequent sad occurence

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    So many times I ran around my neighbourhood with a finger or a plastic gun, pointing at friends and crying, “BANG! You’re dead!” It was exciting. It was fun. We heard the headline news and listened to our parents. Dad had been in the war, but nothing they said made a difference. We were on a mission to win something. We didn’t know what. There was no real sense to it, nobody explained why we were fighting or what death meant. We were just caught up in the thrill and the energy and the noise and the fun. Later, as a cartoonist, I saw a striking similarity to a child’s attitude and what really happens in a war.

  11. gkid

    gkid said, 11 months ago

    War is grisly, horrifying in real life, and
    never fun. The horror. The death. And
    utter devastation. It never leaves. You do
    not forget.

  12. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, 11 months ago

    I don’t remember playing at ‘war’ or ‘cowboys and indians’. We just ‘explored’ or went on ‘bike hikes’. Then there was walking or riding our bikes downtown to the movies.

  13. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 11 months ago

    @ Night- Gaunt49

    All that said, many years ago, parents had very little extra money to buy toys that would keep kids entertained for hours.I was fortunate that my dad sold toys wholesale to stores and could afford the odd treat for us six kids. Nevertheless, we played cowboys and Indians for hours. Our games could involve dozens of young kids on our block. I was raised in Hull, Quebec, and at that time, everyone had large families. We had such a good times. My own kids never did get involved in such endeavors growing up. It seems that street- size games went out of fashion and by then, many families on many streets, valued their privacy more than their kids possible friendships.

    Times were more innocent for kids then, too. No one realized the words they were saying were considered inappropriate or hurtful. IMHO, words became considered hurtful because someone decided they were hurtful and made such an issue of their opinion that, in time, the injured parties (our First Nations) also came to consider them hurtful. By shaming our kids, we also shamed the FN into thinking they had been deliberately shamed. In actuality, no one was dishonouring the FN, at all. Kids were simply acting out the roles that were outlined in their history books and books such as Davy Crockett.

    Also, there were really very very very few children who were First Nations in our neighbourhood. Adults, in general, were the discriminating people, never the kids. Later, though, they were influenced by their parents and followed their rules to avoid ‘such people’.

  14. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, 11 months ago

    The first panel brought back a memory. I was about 10 years old. I had heard that the house next-door-to-across-the-street had a new family with an only child: a girl my age. One Saturday morning I got my friend Taffy (of course it was a nickname), who was kind of shy and VERY sheltered by her mother, to meet this new girl. I went to the back door and was about to knock when I decided to look in the door’s window. The family was up, cooking breakfast…entirely nude. All 3 of them. Knowing that Taffy would be shocked insensible, I told her that maybe we should come back later, without saying why. (Incidentally, we did, and we and Maria all became good friends.)

  15. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 11 months ago

    It was inevitable that young kids played ‘war’. The scope of the concept of ‘war’ meant that lots of children on the neighbourhood could play together and get along terrifically. War was all that was heard on the radio and the fledgling TV for a lot of years. One only needed a cool branch from a tree to be able to pretend to have a weapon. It was all about imagination.

    Kids never seriously thought of dying during their games. It was always pretend dying. Many kids lost their fathers during the war. But they, themselves, were invincible. To make it seem evil to play a pretend war was , in a sense, robbing kids of a piece of their childhood. If you had told kids in Texas that Davy Crockett was fictional or a criminal because he killed others …some of whom probably were First Nations, they would have grown up not honouring one of their true heroes. The sad thing, too, is that many Canadians were true heroes in WW 1&2, and kids today probably don’t know even one or two of them. That is a grave dishonour to our lost soldiers. We should know many of them as well as those First Nations who also gave their lives.

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