For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    The moonwalk. It was all the rage in 1984. I saw it for the first time on the Motown 25 special. Between this, the “Gremlins” movie and Boy George last week, we are getting a lot of contemporary references in the comic strip.
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    Judging from the boy’s posture while they are trying to moonwalk, they should have asked Lizzie to stay. She could probably teach them how to do it right and not look so much like they are stomping bugs on the ground.

  2. M2MM

    M2MM said, over 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Because Aaron was four years older than Katie, she was left out of a lot of activities. She couldn’t race away on her bike or cross the street alone or camp out with the boys in the backyard. She became attached to her dad (since I was working full time in the house) and spent hours with him in his workshop learning how to glue things and make stuff. I think this is why she is so comfortable with tools and to this day can build or fix just about anything!

  3. M2MM

    M2MM said, over 1 year ago

    Lynn missed out on a lot of her daughter’s growing up years as a result of being a cartoonist. I went through almost the same thing, due to working afternoon/evenings, and my husband picked the kids up from school. I was only home for them in the mornings and if they were home sick from school.
    In my own childhood, my sister was 4 years older and wanted little to nothing to do with me. She hung out with the older kids primarily, and I had a few friends in my age group and a little younger for playmates.
    I’m not sure why Lynn didn’t have Lizzy with more kids her own age, but then she was basing a lot of this strip on her own family’s life, as much as she may have denied it in the past.

  4. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, over 1 year ago

    Hanging with an older sibling means a lot to a younger sibling. I remember clearly one time when I was 8 and my older sister was 16. She was a cheerleader in high school. One time she had a Saturday practice, and she actually asked our mom if she could take me with her! That was over 40 years ago, and I still remember how happy that made me. Best. Big. Sister. EVER!

  5. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 1 year ago

    Welcome back, Farley, haven’t seen you in a ’Coon’s Age’.

  6. Poollady

    Poollady said, over 1 year ago

    That makes Farley …. what? in dog years? 35, 40??

  7. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 1 year ago

    I have two elder brothers, one 5 years older and one 2 years older. My eldest brother and I had nothing in common at all til he got me hooked on a certain show he watched every day. Then we watched it together and it bonded us. He went away to college when he was 17 and I saw little of him after that but I will always remember those days watching that show together. My other brother and I were together a lot since he was only 2 years older, but still if he could be with his friends he didn’t need me. When they weren’t around we had a lot of great times together.

  8. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 1 year ago

    The youngest granddaughter is over four years younger than her next older sibling, and is not a advanced as the other three anyway. It’s always “GO AWAY!! MO-OMM! SHE’S BOTHERING US!”

  9. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 1 year ago

    @M2MM

    I too used to hang out in the garage with my Dad. He and I did a lot of projects together. And yes, I am fairly handy with tools due to the experience.

  10. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    @SUSAN NEWMAN

    What happened to the story line about the Halloween party?
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    Elly said, “No” and there’s no party. The next stage of the story is whether Elly will get her way over her children’s desires for their Hallowe’en costumes. Will Lizzie go as a punk rocker? Will Michael go as Boy George? Or will Elly force them to wear costumes that suit her own sensibility? My money is on Elly for the win.

  11. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    @M2MM

    I’m not sure why Lynn didn’t have Lizzy with more kids her own age, but then she was basing a lot of this strip on her own family’s life, as much as she may have denied it in the past.
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    True. She did make a comment earlier in the year in one of her Lynn’s Notes about how her children had a hard time making friends when they moved from Lynn Lake to Corbeil, Ontario in 1984 (the year this comic strip was published).

  12. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Sometimes spending time with an older sibling gets you into trouble. That’s what happened when my sister who was two years older let me go with her and her friends.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 1 year ago

    ^These comments reminded me about the time I brought my younger sister with me when my friends and I went out. I was surprised she thought that was the greatest thing ever. But the funny thing is the real reason it was so urgent for them to drag me along was to put a damper on everything so they could get back to their studies quickly. Otherwise they would spin out and get drunk. One dude was Harvard MBA bound and another was going for a PhD.

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