For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. templo SUD

    templo SUD said, 6 months ago

    Even at a young age, males have a lot to learn when a female says “no.”

  2. gkid

    gkid said, 6 months ago

    ? Now where did he get that? Seemed
    pretty clear to me.

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    @gkid

    ? Now where did he get that? Seemed
    pretty clear to me.

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    It’s because she doesn’t give a specific reason other than “I don’t want to.” That tells Michael that she does not have anything else going on, so it’s just a matter of her not being in the right mood to do it. He is just going to nag her until she gives in. As horrible as that sounds, kids try what has worked for them before. Obviously Michael has nagged his mother before and gotten his way, so what’s to stop him from doing it again?
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    Elly needs to put something a little substantial in her answer like, “It’s a school night” or “Your grades aren’t high enough for you to get a party” or “Your father and I are going to a party ourselves that night”. Michael may still argue, but then he’s not arguing against Elly’s mood.

  4. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 6 months ago

    Or, she could simply relax, postpone all major chores that day, order take out for supper, have Michael help decorate the place, buy some pop and snacks, and have a terrific Hallowe’en party. The kids would always remember it.

  5. Salinasong

    Salinasong said, 6 months ago

    We don’t know how much time has lapsed between the last two frames. It could be he wore her down a little or she may have said “maybe” just to shut him up!

  6. bawana

    bawana said, 6 months ago

    @templo SUD

    Or is it that females never mean what they say and they just want to “talk about it” more?

  7. goweeder

    goweeder GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @kfccanada

    Yeah, and they would all pitch in and help her clean up, of course.

  8. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, 6 months ago

    @bawana

    I will agree with you that females never mean what they say but as for the ‘talk about it’ more, I’m not so sure.

  9. Jean

    Jean said, 6 months ago

    @IndyMan

    for you and Bwana, when I, as a woman and a mom, say NO I pretty much mean NO!!!! not maybe, not lets talk more, not let me think about it, I MEAN NO!!

  10. jaeldid66

    jaeldid66 said, 6 months ago

    Saying that the child has a right not to accept no if a good reason isn’t given is a bit disturbing. When he’s a teenager, will the girl he’s dating have to give a good reason for saying no? That said, why does every thread have to turn into a “We hate Elly” rally?

  11. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @howtheduck

    She doesn’t have to give a specific reason. She’s his mother. Needing a “specific reason” (i.e., an answer you like) from authority figures who have complete control over your life and changing the message to something you like better have something to do with how we’ve ended up where we are today.

  12. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    As a postscript, man, I’d forgotten how much I couldn’t stand Michael as a kid. And I wasn’t that much older than he was, either, but he always seemed like a spoiled brat to me.

  13. Poollady

    Poollady GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    She said “Maybe you oughta ask one of YOUR moms!”

  14. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, 6 months ago

    Why would you have kids if you didn’t want to do things like a halloween party? I loved decorating for my kids partys. Dry ice in the punch was the best.

  15. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    @Paula R. Stiles

    She doesn’t have to give a specific reason. She’s his mother.
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    I agree she doesn’t have to. However, if she wants to avoid days and days of nagging from her son, it might be a good thing to give him a different answer than the very weak, “because I’m the mommy” answer. It’s pretty clear from his “maybe” that he has no respect for her “no” in that situation and they have some history with her “no” turning into “yes” if he nags her enough.
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    Needing a “specific reason” (i.e., an answer you like) from authority figures who have complete control over your life and changing the message to something you like better have something to do with how we’ve ended up where we are today.
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    OK. Now you’ve lost me. We (you and I) are someplace where we don’t want to be and it has something to do with an authority changing messages to satisfy me. I don’t know you and I have never taken a trip with you. I assume you are making some kind of metaphor about society in general and I how I have destroyed it.

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