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

    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! ;)

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 2 years ago

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

  3. psychlady

    psychlady said, over 2 years ago

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

  4. Jean

    Jean said, over 2 years 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.

  5. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, over 2 years ago

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

  6. MiHorn

    MiHorn GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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.

  7. SheMc

    SheMc said, over 2 years ago

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

  8. Poollady

    Poollady said, over 2 years ago

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

  9. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

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

  10. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years 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.

  11. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, over 2 years 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

  12. Rose Stacy

    Rose Stacy said, over 2 years ago

    Lols thats just horrid but funny in the long run

  13. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 2 years ago

    The three older grandkids were given piano lessons, the two older played the horn (French horn) in middle school band. They hated the lessons and wouldn’t practice. The third would have continued with piano, but someone needed to work at home one-on-one, and no one had the oomph to do so. We’re holding our breath as to what will happen when her middle-school playing starts this year. #4 hasn’t started yet, but she already “hates” reading, and is not into books.

    Their mom wouldn’t follow through on piano (or anything else) till we gave in and got her a cheapie, cheapie horn (after seeing if she’d keep up the trumpet). We were amazed when she kept on with the horn, got on All-State band five times out of five, majored in music, and still is playing in a voluntary community symphony thirty years later. You just never know.

  14. USN1977

    USN1977 said, over 2 years ago


  15. Tin Can Twidget 1950

    Tin Can Twidget 1950 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Who ever said Michael wanted to play the trumpet?

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