For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 1 year ago

    Little kids…they just have No Clue about some things…cute! ;)

  2. hsawlrae

    hsawlrae said, over 1 year ago

    Neither did you…right away.

  3. Suzanne

    Suzanne GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    When this was written the adults were children. I think Sesame Street taught them that the world moved fast.

  4. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 1 year ago

    She should’ve been told to put a plate under the flowerpot to catch the water.

  5. SheMc

    SheMc said, over 1 year ago

    See, problem solved with no paddling!!!

  6. gypsylobo

    gypsylobo said, over 1 year ago

    Why should Lizzie have been told to put a plate under the flowerpot to catch the water? Mom watered the plant. Apparently she didn’t see the need.

  7. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 1 year ago

    For a child Lizzie’s age, “patience” is a foreign concept because they simply don’t think of time the way adults do. “Yesterday” doesn’t mean anything to them because they haven’t lived long enough to understand the importance of remembering the past, and “tomorrow” is even more meaningless because “tomorrow” never comes for them. “Tomorrow,” “next week,” and “next month” to someone Lizzie’s age might as well be “a million years from now.” That’s why Lizzie wants to see results now — not because she wants “instant gratification” (which is another adult concept, by the way), but because the only time frame that has any relevance at all to her is “right now.”

  8. crabbear

    crabbear said, over 1 year ago

    Plant a plant and you have instant gratification!

  9. Jean

    Jean said, over 1 year ago

    Soak a bean overnight and then plant it, they start to show in just a few days,

  10. Llywus42

    Llywus42 said, over 1 year ago

    At around age 7 I helped my grandma plant the canning garden. I planted one row of green beans, but I planted the seeds way too deep.
    Several weeks later, when everything in the garden except for my beans was growing strong, we had a terrible hail storm: broke windows, tore branches off of trees, injured livestock, and laid waste to everything in the garden. Then a week later up sprouted my row of beans!

  11. Manhunter808

    Manhunter808 said, over 1 year ago


    Same could be said about many adults! (‘cept it isn’t cute)

  12. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    What a bright spot to a terrible act of nature, thanks for sharing!

  13. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 1 year ago

    Lynn’s notes:

    My mom was a talented gardener. You might think it takes little know-how to plant something and watch it grow, but coaxing a seed or a bulb to its full potential takes knowledge, experience and skill. My mother had the ability to create a productive garden — and the patience and foresight to pass it on.

    My mom, too was a passionate gardener, as was her father. She, unfortunately, did not pass on that gene to me.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 1 year ago

    It looks like Lizzie has a need to be to be entertained and seems to lack patience. But the real cause of this is that she may feel insecure in her relationship with her parents because they seem distracted and don’t feel a genuine enthusiasm for parenting. These parents kind of drag their feet around their kids, struggling to push themselves as the kids vie for attention. John has has a trying profession so he can be excused, and Elly desires the stimulation of adult friends. Looking after young kids may be a chore for some parents who prefer more excitement and gratification in what they do and their kids can sense it. So a vicious cycle sets in where the parents ignore their kid and the kid desperately seeks attention. The way to break the cycle is to pay more attention to the kid and love him or her more but there is no way some parents are going to do that because they are sure they are great and whatever is wrong is the kid’s fault.

  15. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, over 1 year ago


    I decided to read the comments today, thinking that with the gentle comic in today’s strip, there would be no negative posts. Obviously, I was mistaken.
    You really need to pick a new screen name. You are not a comics ‘fan’, or, at the very least, you are an Ellyhater.
    Elly desires the stimulation of adult friends And what do you want readers to conclude from this? That no decent parent (read:mother) would ever want the ‘stimulation’ of adult friends, and would only devote all her time to her children and loving them, because otherwise they (the mothers) think of themselves as great and whatever is wrong is the kid’s fault. What, exactly, is ‘wrong’ in today’s comic? Nothing, really. Lizzie expects a plant to grow immediately, and it doesn’t. I don’t get how that reveals that she is ‘insecure in her relationship with her parents.’ At all.
    I’ve asked this before and will continue to ask it. If you dislike this comic so much, why read it? There are so many others that you might enjoy more.
    Sorry if you didn’t feel that you got whatever you needed from your parents, but the constant need of Ellyhaters to bash at this comic is definitely a vicious cycle. Some of us had parents who died very young. Who are we entitled to bash at over that?

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