For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 10 months ago

    Give him a straight line, and he goes for the raspberry. If Michael is showing such disrespect for his uncle with the hiding to avoid the lesson and then the raspberry, I have the feeling it is only going to get worse for Phil when he talks to his adult relatives.

  2. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, 10 months ago

    You’re not co-operating, Michael! Your poor uncle should go back to being an electrician…at least he won’t have to face (a) recalcitrant kid(s)! And, besides, he would have his very own high-voltage aura back! ;)

  3. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, 10 months ago

    Now WHY did Phil Richards’ nephew want to play the trumpet if he won’t even practice?

  4. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, 10 months ago

    Kids … it seemed like a good idea at the time.

  5. psychlady

    psychlady said, 10 months ago

    At least Mike was honest! Some would say they did practice, then sound like they didn’t because they really didn’t.

  6. Jean

    Jean said, 10 months ago

    My grandsons played the trumpet for 3 years (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) but as soon as the last concert of the 8th grade finished, they turned in the instrument…….always hated it.

  7. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, 10 months ago

    My husband played the trumpet for one year. When he practiced, he was exiled to the trailer in the back yard.

  8. MiHorn

    MiHorn said, 10 months ago

    It’s impossible to like an instrument if you don’t practice! And kids need a bit of structure to get over those first couple of tough years learning how — no matter what the instrument. That’s how you make it less likely they’ll quit before they get to the fun stuff.

  9. SheMc

    SheMc said, 10 months ago

    Well, you are musical or you are not!!!

  10. Poollady

    Poollady said, 10 months ago

    No, Michael, Saturday (July 19) is National Stick Out Your Tongue Day!

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    He doesn’t like playing an instrument. Let him be.

  12. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, 10 months ago

    Phil should rethink that electrician gig. It will pay better.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, 10 months ago

    I would have liked piano lessons as a kid. Then maybe in certain settings I could have had the opportunity to play songs and sing badly. It might have been enough for certain women to notice me and I could have gotten the attention I craved – the attention I didn’t get from my parents.

  14. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, 10 months ago


    I couldn’t find any notes that Lynn had written for this particular strip, which was published originally on July 17, 1985. But here are her notes for another strip on the same issue, published in 2013:
    Lynn’s Notes: Aaron’s lessons continued through the school music program. His lessons at home continued for a while too, but he eventually lost interest… and then he lost the mouthpiece. We had to order a new one, and it took weeks to arrive. We then tried the piano. Aaron and I took lessons together. We had our fingers rapped for not curving them correctly, and both of us quit at the same time. Today, he plays the guitar and sings quite well — so the gift was always there, it just took a while to awaken it

  15. Rose Stacy

    Rose Stacy said, 10 months ago

    Lols thats just horrid but funny in the long run

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