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, 8 months ago

    I’m surprised with the second panel.

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 8 months ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    I’m surprised with the second panel.
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    That one does require a little explanation. In 1984, the entire Johnston family was uprooted from their home town of Lynn Lake, Manitoba to live in Corbeil, Ontario near North Bay. They bought two homes next to each other. Lynn, her husband and her kids were in one house. Rod’s parents and his brother lived in the other house. Since Rod’s parents were retired, it meant that on days when Lynn needed to work (and not pay attention to kids), she could tell them to go to the neighbor’s house to play, because the neighbors were their grandparents and uncle. You are seeing this represented in the comic strip, except Mrs. Baird is not actually a grandparent, nor has she ever taken care of the kids before. Details!

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 8 months ago

    Kids! This Easter you should adopt a childless, old person and pretend they are like a Cabbage Patch doll. Those were the dolls with the adoption papers and they were incredibly popular in the 1980s when this comic strip was originally published.
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    I wonder if this means that Mrs. Baird will start living with the Pattersons.

  4. N7326 Foxtrot

    N7326 Foxtrot said, 8 months ago

    Ms. Johnson, if you happen to read this, I think the USA and Canada have a long, long border between us, and it is the most peaceful border on the planet. Why can’t the rest of the world act like us?

  5. N7326 Foxtrot

    N7326 Foxtrot said, 8 months ago

    Sorry, I should have said Johnston……I have a hungry cat walking on my keybord.

  6. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @N7326 Foxtrot

    Bless you

  7. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    This is so sweet!!!

  8. swami mommy

    swami mommy said, 8 months ago

    @N7326 Foxtrot

    That’s easy. When you have two sane countries sharing a border, you have peace.

  9. MayKitten

    MayKitten GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @N7326 Foxtrot

    My cats walk on the keyboard for attention. Right now I have five rescued kittens in my lap that want me to type less and pet more.

  10. N7326 Foxtrot

    N7326 Foxtrot said, 8 months ago

    @tammyspeakslife

    Thank you…I am just sick and tired of living in a world that is constantly at wor.

  11. N7326 Foxtrot

    N7326 Foxtrot said, 8 months ago

    @swami mommy

    May it satay that forever.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    Mrs. Baird was a background character who was meant to be put aside once Farley came into the family (her hobby was breeding Old English sheepdogs). To tie in with this, I also did a few strips about her being a friendly neighbour. I guess her short appearance struck a chord with some readers who asked to see her more often. In this Sunday page, I have her working in her greenhouse and talking to Michael — in a way that enabled me to say more about her personality and her past.


    If Mrs. Baird was based on anyone at all, it would have been the ladies who lived across the street from us when I was growing up in North Vancouver. They were sisters, the “Miss Stewarts.” They taught kindergarten and piano and were endlessly patient with me. I made a habit of going to their home uninvited and was rarely told that they had no time. When I needed an extra hug or another grown-up opinion, I headed for the Miss Stewarts’ house and twisted the ringer on the front door to be let in.

    Not long ago, I was in North Vancouver and I went for a nostalgic walk down Fifth Street. Their old wood frame house is still there, though mine is now a condo complex. A notice was on their fence to say the house and the one next door would soon be condos as well. I’m glad I got to see it one more time. There have been many unforgettable folks in my life, and these two ladies are certainly among them!

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    Now that brings a smile to my face. And a slight tensing of the throat.

  14. c.davies

    c.davies GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @N7326 Foxtrot

    Amen!

  15. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, 8 months ago

    There is an elderly widow at our church. She has one sister. She had a son, who died young, leaving a childless widow. Her health started to decline. At that point we had our daughters, and they adored her. About the same time the girls started calling her “Nana”, her health started to improve. It’s been about 7 years since then, and “Nana” is still with us and a beloved part of our family.

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