For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, 6 months ago

    Moving from a child’s point of view… ;)

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    “I wonder who’s gonna get my bedroom. I had a lot of good dreams in here.”
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    I am not sure what Lawrence means by this:
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    a. He believes his good dreams will get passed on to or borrowed by the next occupant of the room and he’s worried they might not be deserving of them.
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    b. He had dreams about the person who is going to get his bedroom, and he wonders if they are going to come true.
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    c. “Dreams” is a euphemism for something not appropriate for a family comic strip.
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    d. Now that Lawrence knows he is moving for sure, he doesn’t think he is going to have any more good dreams for the rest of the days he is sleeping in his room.
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    e. Lawrence has forgotten that he is a 10-year-old kid and instead has started talking like a 38-year-old cartoonist.

  3. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, 6 months ago

    @howtheduck

    You are SO overthinking this. Repeat after me. It is a comic strip.

  4. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    @Thirdguy

    You are SO overthinking this. Repeat after me. It is a comic strip.
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    It is a comic strip.
    It is a comic strip.
    It is a comic strip, whose punch line is really confusing. How is having a lot of good dreams funny? Sorry. Back to it.
    It is a comic strip.
    It is a comic strip.
    It is a comic strip and I must be brainless to enjoy it. Oops!!

  5. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, 6 months ago

    I’ve thought the same thing about each of the 8 Houses/Apartments I’ve lived in. It’s more sobering, the older you get, and the more you realize how many DIDN’T come true, and never will.

    To each kid who’s in “My Old Room,” Good Dreams, good luck, and I hope your’s turn out better than mine did.

  6. Puglia

    Puglia said, 6 months ago

    @Thirdguy

    Thank you.

  7. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @Three Fighting Fish (from yesterday):
    Did Lynn Johnston copy a joke from the Simpsons?
    Simpsons: When Bart and Lisa went to summer camp, Homer and Marge look sad until the bus is out of earshot, then the Simpsons (along with all the other parents) start celebrating the start of a kid-free summer.
    FBOFW: When Michael and Elizabeth went to summer camp, John and Elly look sad until the bus is out of earshot, then the Pattersons (along with all the other parents) start celebrating the start of a kid-free summer.


    I don’t recall ever watching The Simpsons (I’m 68); but, if

    is the strip in question, that was published July 26, 1988 (click for strip with enlargeable image). According to Wikipedia, The Simpsons debuted December 17, 1989; so, if either copied the joke (and I can’t say it was original with FBOFW), it would be The Simpsons.

  8. LV1951

    LV1951 said, 6 months ago

    @howtheduck

    Not all comic strips have to be funny. Some are meant to be thought provoking.

  9. 1MadHat

    1MadHat said, 6 months ago

    It’s really no problem.
    You always take your dreams with you.

  10. Observer fo Irony

    Observer fo Irony said, 6 months ago

    Don’t worry Lawrence your bedroom is moving too; it just have different walls.

  11. msowards

    msowards said, 6 months ago

    @mabrndt

    That has been a running gag for parents for ages before Simpson and even before FBoFW. Actually this comic strip came before the Simpsons.

  12. pshapley

    pshapley said, 6 months ago

    I still think (and dream at times) of the house we moved out of when I was 10, back in 1968.

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 6 months ago

    mabrndt: I went through a battle like that once. In the traditional “armed forces salute”, our community band omitted Semper Paradus. I lobbied for inclusion on grounds that if we ever have peace, the Coast Guard will still be going in harms way on a daily basis. They claimed the chorus opened with “This is the Army”. Finally we got an arrangement with copyright dates. Semper Paradus, 1938; This is the Army, 1940. Faced with that Irving Berlin plagiarized, it became included. (Actually, it is probably independent creation.)

  14. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 6 months ago

    @LV1951

    Not all comic strips have to be funny. Some are meant to be thought provoking.
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    Oh! Well then, take that Thirdguy. LV1951 says the comic was supposed to provoke me into thinking. In that case, it was a very successful comic strip.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @howtheduck

    Being a comic strip is of no importance to the quality of a story. And saying it repeatedly doesn’t improve your meaning. And it is insulting so maybe mind your business. Insults are not wanted from those with no imagination.

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