For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    I always thought it was nice that Lynn showed John and Elly together in bed discussing their days… ;)

  2. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, over 2 years ago


    Yeah it makes me feel good

  3. mischugenah

    mischugenah said, over 2 years ago

    Every marriage is different. My mom and dad always told each other when someone had hit on them (they’re still alive, just no longer at an age when they get hit on alot), they thought it was hilarious and neither felt threatened. Some marriages are like that, some aren’t. As long as it works and both people are happy, yes?

  4. MiHorn

    MiHorn GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    There’s a reason for her to work and have her own money. "if she wants John to pay the bills for her next trip . . " Sounds like she has to ask permission to have a life away from slaving for the man and kids.

  5. westny77

    westny77 said, over 2 years ago

    Looks like they are not fighting or making mean remarks at each other.

  6. sleeepy2

    sleeepy2 said, over 2 years ago

    “Did you compare me to anybody” is a really, really weird question to ask your spouse. It SCREAMS insecurity.

  7. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 2 years ago


    I agree. So strange. Even if someone in the relationship does compare, why would you even talk about it, let alone ask “how did I do?”? You’re either begging to be complimented (read: insecure) or there’s also the chance that your feelings will be hurt. Odd to me.

  8. Poollady

    Poollady said, over 2 years ago

    That’s cause most of the people she met were women!

  9. DOSQueen

    DOSQueen GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m guessing the same rationalization for howtheduck saying "Plus Elly shouldn’t be dropping any hints with her talk of traveling alone and meeting new people, if she wants John to pay the bills for her next trip to go travel “alone” and get away from the family. "

    Too bad he completely missed that Elly went because someone else could not and the tickets, hotel and conference were paid for by the library, not John.

  10. Kris1964

    Kris1964 said, over 2 years ago


    “Looks like they are not fighting or making mean remarks at each other.”
    You’re right. I thought this strip was touching and couldn’t possibly illicit mean remarks from any commentators. (Sigh.)

  11. kaecispopX

    kaecispopX said, over 2 years ago


    When you are married, your life is not just your own. Each decision, each action you take can affect your partner. With this in mind, you don’t really ask for permission. You ask for support. When you go on a trip, you leave some of your responsibilities behind to be handled by your husband or wife. Just courtesy requires that ask if it would be agreeable for you to go on that trip.

  12. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, over 2 years ago

    doubtful that the library will be so generous in the future. In fact, they may decide to can Elly
    And upon what facts do you base this, alleged ‘Rebel’? Is this based on the ‘fact’ that Elly didn’t tell her ‘man’ that of course she didn’t compare him to anyone else?
    I too thought this was a strange question for a secure man to ask his wife, unless he had been busy comparing her to others while she was away and was feeling some guilt.
    And I also thought this was a positive strip showing a decent relationship between two people who cared for each other (at least at this point in their lives). But the Ellyhaters can’t let a day go by without snarking at Elly and Debbydowning other reader’s days…

  13. slsharris

    slsharris said, over 2 years ago

    If it was John who had gone away and Elly asked him the same thing, he would have said something really snarky in reply to that question.

  14. Llywus

    Llywus said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t read insecurity in that at all. Like mischugenah said above, every marriage is different. My wife and I still have conversations of this sort after 25 years together. We also both know the type of person the other likes to ogle and will even point out prospective eye candy to the other. We’ll also mention when someone else flirts with us (not very often anymore).
    We are both entirely secure in our relationship and have fun sharing and laughing about such things.

  15. Suzanne

    Suzanne GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m of an age when I can be cheekily outrageous and flirty with the young things that serve me. It gives me entertainment. I will give an exaggerated compliment and hope it gives them a perk me up. If not, . . . well, I’ve been off base before.

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