For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. robert  culver

    robert culver GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    every kid loves to play with those toys

  2. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 2 years ago

    Yeah, they’re fun until you actually have to use them for weeks.

  3. Tom Falco

    Tom Falco said, over 2 years ago


  4. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, over 2 years ago

    I am crutch

  5. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Lynn’s Notes:

    When I was in grade one, I had a friend called Carol Mayes who had survived polio and walked with crutches. (The character Gordon Mayes was named for Carol.) I often went to the washroom with her because she needed help. I also carried her books and her lunch box when she walked home. I was fascinated by her, and when kids began to tease me saying I only liked Carol because I wanted to play with her crutches, I was confused. Did I really like her because of that? It’s true, I did like to swing on her crutches and I did find her fascinating because of the scars she had from multiple surgeries. I just thought she was neat.

    She had been held back several grades because of her illness, and she struggled with spelling and reading. I was a good reader, and our teacher asked me to help her, which I did. The kids who accused me of liking Carol because she had crutches were also jealous of the way I had been singled out to read with her at the back of the room. They eventually had an effect on me. As a small child, I had no way of explaining my friendship. I wanted to be accepted, and I wanted to be liked. I slowly separated myself from Carol, and was relieved when she was sent to another school. Carol was gone. The crutches were gone. I was the same as all the other kids and glad to be so.

    I often think of Carol. Her strength of character, the way she thrust herself forward, dragging her feet, the way she smiled through the pain and the curious stares. I recall as if it was yesterday. Now I can say why I liked Carol. Of all the kids in my class, she impressed me as having the most to give — the one who outshone us all.

  6. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 2 years ago

    Oh, that’s beautiful. Thanks, Night-Gaunt.

  7. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, over 2 years ago

    Thank you, Night-Gaunt.

  8. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 2 years ago


    I had a friend Pam who broke her leg when she was in 5th grade and had to use crutches and I helped her too, but not in class since I was in 6th grade. She lived across the street so I helped her as much as I could. Of course I practiced walking on her crutches but didn’t like it and felt sorry for her having to use them all the time.

  9. OldestandWisest

    OldestandWisest said, over 2 years ago


    Yeah, really beautiful the way Lynn ditched her poor crippled friend. Her nice words now didn’t do Carol a bit of good back then when she was cast aside.

  10. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    It sounds like Carol knew how to handle those things. And, please, Lynn said she was little when she knew Carol. That was a very grown-up situation she was in and, yes, confusing. Especially the unfortunately typical nastiness of the other children. We become old and wise by living through these things, reflecting on them, and becoming better people as a result. You may be old, but you need the change the “wisest.”

  11. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, over 2 years ago


    Yeah, people do alot of stupid stuff when we’re kids.
    Guess you were never a kid, huh? Never did anything selfish? You were never rude? Said or did anyhing unconscionable? Ever?
    Yeah, I thought so. You can’t cast the first stone. Or any stone for that matter!
    Lynn’s friend Carol wasn’t stupid.

  12. potrerokid1532

    potrerokid1532 said, over 2 years ago


    What a cynic! BTW, your avatar says it all!!

  13. potrerokid1532

    potrerokid1532 said, over 2 years ago


    Such snide re,arks by a commenter whose avatar is Ronald Reagan!!!!!

  14. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, over 2 years ago


    You are talking about the conduct of a six year old child who was trying to navigate a confusing situation. You, of course, being ‘oldest and wisest’, would never cast stones at anyone and certainly not at a six year old.


    Well, looks like you need a new screen name. Try “EllyLynn Hater”. That might be more logical.

  15. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 2 years ago

    As a child, I never could understand picking on a kid who was crippled, he can’t help it. I saw that and stood up for many who were “different”. Sadly, I got accused of picking on a boy with a club foot(by him) and I couldn’t make it right. Many people who are crippled or disfigured get mean and like to bait people, like a boy with horrible fire scars on his face and body, used to like to bother girls and say things like “they wouldn’t go out with him”. His attitude sucked and that was the main reason.
    When I became disabled, I tried my best to be a regular guy, my kids and grandkids accept it fine.

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