For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 7 months ago

    While it’s OK to ask a 4-year-old to help set the table given that you are using nonbreakable dishware, the horrified look on Elly’s face seems to say:
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    a.The dishware is breakable.
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    b.Elly genuinely expects Elizabeth to do this right without instruction.
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    c.Elly lacks an appreciation for Elizabeth’s creativity in setting the table.
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    Personally I would love to eat at a table set that way. It would make things more interesting at meal time.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @howtheduck

    More interesting, but far less efficient or effective. Who wants to take the time to rearrange the dishes, bowls, cups, and utensils so that they can actually be used?

    That said, I’m surprised that Elly apparently hasn’t taught Elizabeth the proper way to set a table. It’s really not that hard!

  3. NightShade09

    NightShade09 said, 7 months ago

    I think Elly’s expression is because of the way Elizabeth is carrying (or not carrying) the dishes.

  4. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, 7 months ago

    @legaleagle48

    Is family dinner time at your house that much of a inhale the food and run situation that people couldn’t/wouldn’t take the time to rearrange their placesettings? Even now that he is 85 my dad would never stand for that kind rush during a family sit down meal.

  5. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @KenTheCoffinDweller

    Since I’m single (never married and never had kids), it’s irrelevant because I eat on my own schedule. My point is: Why should I have to take the time to do someone else’s job for her? Elizabeth is not too young to be taught some basic responsibilities, and setting the table is a simple enough job that she should be able to master at least the basics without too much trouble. Now, would I expect her to be able to set a formal dinner party? No, but knowing where the one knife, one fork, one spoon, one plate, one cup/glass, and one napkin go isn’t that much of a challenge. Elly should have taught Elizabeth better than that.

  6. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, 7 months ago

    @legaleagle48

    It is fairly obvious that you have no idea what a 3 or 4 year old is capable of. Elizabeth is doing very well for her age. Elly should not expect perfection from her young daughter. She should, however appreciate her creativity.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 7 months ago

    @legaleagle48

    Ellie didn’t ask Elizabeth to, she wanted to do it herself without asking mom.

  8. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @JanCinLV

    Malarkey. I was capable of setting the table at Elizabeth’s age, and so are a great many four-year-old children. And “creativity” has no place when a job needs to be done a certain way in order for it to be done at all.

  9. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 7 months ago

    @Howtheduck…love your comment. Ellie’s reaction is again over the top. She expects Lizzie to do an adult job at setting the table? I think Ellie must be going through menopause…she has no patience and seems to lack empathy for the kids lately.

  10. M2MM

    M2MM said, 7 months ago

    None of my family seems to know how to set a table, but I don’t say anything….. They’ve seen it set properly all their lives, and yet they insist on doing it their way. LOL It really doesn’t matter in the end, so long as there are plates, utensils and condiments, who cares what the arrangements are? ;-)

  11. tinkerbell12

    tinkerbell12 said, 7 months ago

    Do any of you realize that these are comic strip characters and NOT real people?

  12. Belaani

    Belaani said, 7 months ago

    My kids learned how to set a table VERY early! Method? Whoever does it correctly gets a cookie – a nice, home baked one. Wow, they learned everything from the salad fork in…. You can train any kind of animal with food rewards!

  13. algurka

    algurka GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    MORE IMPORTANTLY: in panel 2, the glass is falling off the inverted bowl and the silverware is slipping out, but in panel 3, the glass and it’s contents are back to “normal” as in panel 1. How did that happen?

  14. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    I agree with legaleagle. Kids can and should be taught from toddlers on how to set a table properly. And creativity has nothing to do with it. That’s what arts and crafts are for. Those who think that it’s okay to let kids be “creative” when they should be learning are also confused later when their kids are acting out at school or not able to keep a job. There’s a time and place for everything.

  15. Bethy85

    Bethy85 said, 7 months ago

    You all do realize there is middle ground right? She could have laughed at how Elizabeth was setting it, remark about its creativity and then correct it with her so that its set right. She doesn’t want to take the time and just flies off the handle, much like how my mom did when I was growing up. There is no reason to get that worked up at your child.

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