For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, almost 3 years ago

    It’s all a matter or priorities.

  2. bluskies

    bluskies said, almost 3 years ago

    Take heart- at least since you cleaned it up yourself you know where your beloved junk and clutter IS.

  3. punmeister

    punmeister said, almost 3 years ago

    A boy in a neat room is like a fish out of water.

  4. Jean

    Jean said, almost 3 years ago

    My sister, the slob when we were young, has turned into Mrs. Clean and NO piece of dust or dirt lives in her house. I love a neat clean house but I like a house that feels lived in.

  5. rshive

    rshive said, almost 3 years ago

    I’ve never been able to understand neat freaks. Clean I get, but neat still eludes me. As long as one can find the right thing, what’s the problem?

  6. goweeder

    goweeder said, almost 3 years ago

    My Mom found an instant cure — she made me keep my door closed so she wouldn’t have to see my clutter.
    Now, I keep my house neat and tidy with everything put out of sight. If I need something, I know I have it but I don’t know where it is.

  7. algurka

    algurka said, almost 3 years ago

    But the junk and clutter was his way of showing off all his toys to his friends when they came to visit. Now he has no pride.

  8. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 3 years ago

    I like the phrase, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Then you know where something is or ought to be, and you can find it right away. I hate having to hunt for things because my husband used it and put it somewhere else.

  9. summerdog

    summerdog said, almost 3 years ago

    A few common sense rules to live by… if you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you drop it, pick it up. If you break it, hide it. ….wait, is that last one right? ; )

  10. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 3 years ago

    The outfit I’m staying with now lives by Mike’s credo . . .

  11. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Like Michael, I wanted my room to remain in a constant state of upheaval when I was a kid. The mess was a sign of independence, a statement that marked my room as mine. Commands to clean it up were greeted with indifference. Even if I was forced to comply, the state of “tidy” might have only lasted a day. I could never see the reason why a room had to be kept in order if nobody saw it but me. A kid needs solid reasons, and the threat of punishment wasn’t reason enough!

    -
    My rooms started out neat but later when I was older I started getting messy.

  12. swami mommy

    swami mommy said, almost 3 years ago

    I’ve noticed that too.

  13. JiminNYC

    JiminNYC said, almost 3 years ago

    No house with children, pets, or bachelors stays clean for long.

  14. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 3 years ago

    @goweeder

    I kept my bedroom door closed, too. I had a sign on my door that read “Enter at Your Own Risk. A Teenager Lives Here” all done in psychedelic colors.
    I remember my brothers once giving mom a Mother’s Day present of having cleaned their room. She was underwhelmed.

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 3 years ago

    @Susan, you commented yesterday that I must not have grown up with a real-life Elly Patterson. Well, yes I did. My mother was loving, kind, involved in our lives and interests, a great cook and a good housekeeper. These are all traits that Elly has shown over the years. Yes, she is portrayed yelling at John or the kids (Mom yelled at us too.) but you must remember the point I was making yesterday. This is a comic strip. Elly’s character is exaggerated beyond the norm because Lynn needs punchlines. As for her appearance, I am reminded of a line from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”. Jessica said “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

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