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

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

  2. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, about 1 year 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, about 1 year ago

    You call that a choice?

  4. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 1 year 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, about 1 year ago


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

  6. zekepotato

    zekepotato said, about 1 year ago


    A flute with a clarinet mouth piece and vice versa.

  7. Jean

    Jean said, about 1 year 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. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    My daughter is off to her AMEA Regional Band auditions today (percussion), so wish her luck. I played in regional bands when I grew up and I had a lot of fun mixing with musicians from other schools who shared my enthusiasm for music.
    Young Michael doesn’t like to practice, but trumpet is a great band instrument and if he can get to the point where he is good enough at it to enjoy it, then he will have a great time. I’m glad Elly is not letting him give up so easily. If kids only did the things which are easy for them, they would never do anything worthwhile.

  9. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, about 1 year ago

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

  10. avalanch

    avalanch said, about 1 year ago

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

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

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

  12. rshive

    rshive said, about 1 year 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.

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 1 year ago

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

  14. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 1 year 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!”

  15. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, about 1 year ago

    death before dishonor

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