For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 10 months ago

    Elly has gotten to the point where she is using rhetorical questions with Michael, although Michael is not at the age where he understands he is being asked a rhetorical question. He does not get that Elly is not really after an answer but is rather encouraging him to consider her message that his filthy, wet, snowy boots which he left in the hall floor should be:
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    a. Cleaned up so that they are no longer filthy.
    b. Allowed to dry so they are no longer wet or snowy.
    c. Should not be left on the hall floor but placed somewhere else.
    d. Should have been replaced by filthy, wet, snowy Patterson sock feet.
    e. All of the above.
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    That’s a lot of options. I would be confused too. It’s a good thing Elly wonders what starts the aging process, because apparently it is when you start posing rhetorical questions to kids.

  2. Iris Moon

    Iris Moon said, 10 months ago

    There’s a bit difference between having a Ph.D. in psychology (or thinking you do) and being a real life mom (or dad). It has nothing to do with old age onset, but plain frustration at the sheer inconsideration that abounds in families.

  3. flagmichael

    flagmichael said, 10 months ago

    Homer Simpson: “Rhetorical, eh?”

  4. Doctor Toon

    Doctor Toon GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    My step-daughter is completely unable to grasp the concept of sarcasm


    Cancer of the optic nerve as an infant led to many surgeries and radiation treatments that damaged a lot of her brain, we say her brain is Swiss cheesed, like the guy in the TV show Quantum Leap


    Her brain works in a very unique way, but her mom and I are just happy it still works after everything that’s been done to it

  5. masnadies

    masnadies said, 10 months ago

    I know that I’m not supposed to ask “why” questions, like “Why is there a coat on the floor?”, but they just come out when you’re tired and doing 20 things at once. It’s hard to get over a lifetime of training, because a few months ago, you learned that something you’ve used your whole life with your adult acquaintances, doesn’t work with kids.

  6. masnadies

    masnadies said, 10 months ago

    I know that I’m not supposed to ask “why” questions, like “Why is there a coat on the floor?”, but they just come out when you’re tired and doing 20 things at once. It’s hard to get over a lifetime of training, because a few months ago, you learned that something you’ve used your whole life with your adult acquaintances, doesn’t work with kids.

  7. MiHorn

    MiHorn said, 10 months ago

    C’mon — the kid is old enough to know that when his attention is drawn to the boots (or anything else) that’s just thrown down instead of being where it should be, that he’s being told to put it where it belongs. He’s also old enough (and smart-aleck enough) to want to pull Mom’s chain!

  8. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    He’s old enough to know better, but he won’t change until he’s older and on his own.

  9. oldmachead

    oldmachead said, 10 months ago

    @lightenup … and even then there’s no guarantee! :)

    “he won’t change until he’s older and on his own.”

  10. stephensalaun

    stephensalaun said, 10 months ago

    Asking “Whose filthy, wet, snowy boots were left on the hall floor?” was not a request for information, it was meant to provoke a confession by the culprit. Much like God asked “Where art thou?” in the Garden after Adam & Eve had sinned. God knew good & well where Adam was, but He wanted him to own up to his sin. Once a person confesses. “Yeah, I am the one who did wrong,” he or she is well on their way to being responsible enough not to do it again.

  11. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, 10 months ago

    Hi, Mom!

  12. Quiet One

    Quiet One said, 10 months ago

    Wow! Thought I’d try reading the comments on this strip again. You guys do realize it’s just a comic, right? I read it, saw it as a commentary on typical parent/kid interactions, and smiled at the memories it brought up of my son as he was growing into adulthood.

  13. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, 10 months ago

    Susan, it is absolutely amazing how people who have never had kids always seem to have the perfect solution to any given situation. Newspapers on the hall floor are slippery and kids are clumsy, a perfect combination for disaster.

  14. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, 10 months ago

    @SUSAN NEWMAN

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    SIGH…..
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    If Elly would have just spread a newspaper …
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    Newspapers have this problem. They get saturated, and when they do, the ink in the newspaper stains whatever the newspaper is spread upon. This creates more, not less work for whoever was trying to keep dirty water from being tracked all over their house.
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    It’s why most of our parents who live (or formerly lived) in snow country and didn’t have ‘mud rooms’ for people to leave wet boots in didn’t bother with newspapers, and tried to train us kids at an early age to fetch some paper towels to wipe boots down with, instead of just dumping them in front of the door….

  15. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, 10 months ago

    @SUSAN NEWMAN

    Actually newspapers are horrible in the winter time. My Mom always told my siblings and I to wipe your feet on the rugs at the front and back doors and THEN leave your shoes at the door so they can dry properly.

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