For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Amazing how a little talk can turn one 180 degrees around.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, almost 2 years ago

    Nothing spoils a good gloat like someone who doesn’t care because he’s got an even better reason to gloat!

  3. INGSOC

    INGSOC GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Reverse psychology maintains a change of emotions..

  4. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Allowing Aaron to stay home while I went shopping was a privilege for both of us. He was a responsible kid, and his grandparents lived next door. As far as I know, he didn’t get into any mischief, but I was always on my guard. All I had to do was remember what my brother and I did when given the run of the house.


    For years Mom and Dad worked in our small jewellery shop on upper Lonsdale in North Vancouver. It took twenty minutes for them to walk home, so we could gauge almost to the minute when the front door handle would turn. It was my job to get dinner on and Al’s job to stay out of my way. Sometimes, dinner was a snap, and I’d take off on my bike until the folks arrived. During these times of freedom, Al (aged 13 or 14 at the time) emptied Dad’s gin, substituting the missing booze with water. He ate whatever candy was hidden and smoked Dad’s cigarettes. I thought he’d be in for it, but he never got caught.

    I explored every drawer and every crevice in our house looking for treasure or secrets or hidden birthday gifts. I tried on my mother’s underwear and used her perfume. I made crank phone calls and listened in to the party line. (This was a forbidden indiscretion, but I saw Mom do it as well.) I ate stuff and danced on the sofa and felt the freedom I longed for. Freedom then was having the house to myself.

    It was with these memories in mind that I looked for evidence of similar lawlessness when Aaron was left alone. I never saw a thing. Obviously, he was as good at covering his tracks as we were!

  5. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 2 years ago

    I loved having the house to myself for a while when I was a teenager so I could blast my music through the house and not be told to turn it down.

  6. Gator007

    Gator007 said, almost 2 years ago

    I was given chores to do when Mom left me at home. Not much fun.

  7. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gator007

    And you DID ’em?

  8. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, almost 2 years ago

    ouch

  9. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, almost 2 years ago

    Michael always knows how to knock the pins out from under Elizabeth when she gets a swelled head! I guess an advantage of knowing how to tease is knowing how to keep your OWN buttons from getting pushed.

  10. Michael Kuecker

    Michael Kuecker GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    That’s because Michael figured out the Parental Guidance Code for the Satellite TV Box. He’s watching The Spice Channel as we speak. :)

  11. snakemama

    snakemama said, almost 2 years ago

    talk about taking the wind out of lizzie’s sails

  12. loves raising duncan

    loves raising duncan said, almost 2 years ago

    Touche’ Mike!

  13. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    My son was pretty good at covering his tracks, too. Until the day one of his friends knocked the hutch full of glassware over onto the couch. No hiding that one!

  14. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh said, almost 2 years ago

    You need a job; or do some volunteer work…something worthwhile with all your free time.

  15. USN1977

    USN1977 said, almost 2 years ago

    He who laughs last laughs best.

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