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, almost 2 years ago

    Promises, promises. Better go and make your mother and uncle happy, Mikey (specially your uncle), by practicing your trumpet.

  2. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 2 years ago

    I learned to play the flute because I begged to be allowed to do so when I started 7th grade. I played in the marching and concert bands through my first year of college. It was always great fun and I made a lot of friends through music.
    For a little while I had a private teacher who was a clarinetist that played flute occasionally. He tried to get me to play the flute with a clarinet embouchure (the position of the mouth). It doesn’t work. He discouraged me almost to the point of quitting entirely until I told my parents the problem and they rescued me from this fool. I still have my flute & piccolo.

  3. psychlady

    psychlady said, almost 2 years ago

    You call that a choice?

  4. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, almost 2 years ago

    Michael sounds like me but I got back at my parents—in college, I started kissing girls and my lip for playing the trumpet went ‘out the window’ I also got married which they didn’t appreciate !

  5. freewaydog

    freewaydog said, almost 2 years ago


    I took flute in Jr high, now I take up flute, piccolo, & recorder!

  6. zekepotato

    zekepotato said, almost 2 years ago


    A flute with a clarinet mouth piece and vice versa.

  7. Jean

    Jean said, almost 2 years ago

    wish I had taken an instrument in school, love to hear music. My grandsons, the 3 oldest, all played the trumpet in the band in Jr high and one played all 4 years of high school but they all stopped.

  8. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, almost 2 years ago

    Don’t say it, Michael! I know it’s tempting, but don’t say “That can be arranged”!

  9. avalanch

    avalanch said, almost 2 years ago

    elly is not accomplishing anything by making him practice something he doesn’t enjoy

  10. Night-Gaunt49

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

    Lynn’s Notes:
    This exchange was between a friend and her daughter. I had to repeat it in the strip

  11. rshive

    rshive said, almost 2 years ago

    Ellie certainly can be frustrating. But the thing is that she’s so dang human. I think that each of us as parents have things that we’d like for our children. One of them is to have them be good at something—beyond merely passable. Hence the trumpet, piano, athletics, etc. Another thing we’d like is to have them grow up and be able to make decisions for themselves. Sometimes these two things conflict. Here Lynn has hit one of those occasions on the nose. All of us who are parents have probably had moments like this. And, sometimes years later they still stick in our minds and we wonder whether we did the right thing.

  12. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 2 years ago

    JanCinLV: Get them out, get your lip back, find a local community band and bring back the fun.

  13. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, almost 2 years ago

    Elly, you are dishonest tyrranical pig! I don’t recall Michael ever WANTING to learn the trumpet, but you give him a way out, and then stomp on him? I’m surprised he didn’t just turn back to you and shout, “THEN DIE!”

  14. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, almost 2 years ago

    death before dishonor

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, almost 2 years ago

    Ha! My mother did this too me. She was always complaining about how bad and stupid I was, and how sick of me she was, and how she wanted me to get out and leave home and not come back. And that I was backwards and retarded and should leave home forever. Of course I was almost never home anyway, as you can imagine. No biggie. I found a place to live with a friend. And then she blocked my exit with her body when I was leaving with my stuff and threatened my friend over the phone. Turns out I was badly needed at home after all. She needed a whipping boy.

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