For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 1 year ago

    Now who left that coffee there?

  2. mischugenah

    mischugenah said, about 1 year ago

    And now everyone is going to start going on about how bad of a mother Ellie is. Truth is, we all ‘cry over spilled milk’ sometimes. Mothers have bad days, too.

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    This is a classic parenting moment that I have experienced myself with my kids. There is nothing like criticizing your kid for doing something that you end up doing yourself to keep you humble. There are some nice touches in here:
    1. I like the idea that Elly is so dependent on her coffee that she carries it around from room to room. We have seen Elly drink coffee a lot, and it seems like a perfect character touch to me.
    2. The drawing of Elizabeth shrinks to match her mood. As she pours the milk with confidence she is so tall that she can lean her elbow on the counter; but as Elly criticizes her she gets smaller to the point where her head can barely be seen over the top of the counter. Then in the final panel, when Michael speaks his punch line, you can see Elizabeth is taller as if she is regaining her confidence. It’s a nice turn at symbolism.
    3. Elly is really good at scrubbing. The stove of Panel 3 is not there in Panel 6. The drawers of Panel 1 are gone by Panel 5. The cabinet doors of Panel 6 are gone by Panel 8. I suspect Elly has scrubbed them away. She is quite the cleaner that Elly.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Accidents will happen.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    I made good use of my own childhood experiences, and one of the things that plagued families of the 1950s was the need for parents to be right. It was, “Do as I say, not as I do,” which never made a heck of a lot of sense to me. If Dad swore, swearing was cool. If Mom smoked, smoking was cool too. If what they told us didn’t add up, we were quick to object, but the folks were always right — no matter how wrong they were. This was a hard facade to maintain. When I had kids of my own, I discovered that it was much easier to admit to a mistake than try and justify it.

  6. Blackwolff9

    Blackwolff9 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago


    It’s only hit and run.

  7. covivian89

    covivian89 said, about 1 year ago

    as to Elli scrubbing everything away as howtheduck seems to be eager to point out, she didn’t, look carefully and you see the strip changes perspective as we move around the room.

  8. Chris Kenworthy

    Chris Kenworthy said, about 1 year ago

    With the perspective in panel 3, however, it looks to me as if the stove is partially sealed away behind a partition wall that would make it very difficult and frustrating to use it for cooking anything.

  9. Jenn

    Jenn said, about 1 year ago

    Ellie, instead of barking at the poor girl, use this as a teaching moment.

  10. westny77

    westny77 said, about 1 year ago

    Ellie has a short fuse. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 1 year ago

    gee…wouldn’t it be better to TEACH the young barbarian how to clean up after herself? uhhh, calmly of course

  12. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, about 1 year ago

    To all the Elly-critics:

    You all realize that this is a strip from nearly 30 years ago, right?

  13. dsom8

    dsom8 said, about 1 year ago

    Yep, Elly’s human, just like the rest of us. We all have our “hall of shame,” but it’s events like this that help us see where we need to improve.

  14. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    The airhead with the huge mouth!

  15. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 1 year ago


    You know what’s usually in Elly’s mouth that’s made it so big?

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