Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. snarkm

    snarkm said, about 3 years ago

    So, Val. Do you have the life you /want/ right now? You did step through the “magic doorway” after all. Maybe you should have been honest and told her there will be times in her life where she will think back to school as the best time of her life. How does the old adage go? Youth is waster on the young.

  2. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, about 3 years ago


    I don’t think she planed on having her husband die. If not for that she probably has the life she planned. A good job, two kids and a nice house in Oregon.

  3. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, about 3 years ago

    Kids don’t want to go to school just like parents don’t want to go to work, but you do because you have responsibilities. Best to learn that when you are young.

  4. je40

    je40 said, about 3 years ago

    If it’s 8 more years to graduation, that means she’s only been in school 4 years. That means she’s 10. It doesn’t match with Alix being 9 and her “tween” interests. She’s more like 12 I’d say.

  5. route66paul

    route66paul said, about 3 years ago

    Look back at school as the best years of your life? only the top jocks and the cheerleaders say that. I am sooo glad that I was able to get a life after I finished school.

  6. sameyers

    sameyers said, about 3 years ago


    Holly is supposed to be 13. At least that’s what’s been stated in past strips.

  7. andrewjb

    andrewjb said, about 3 years ago

    I think she is including college in her estimate. The advanced degree would be a masters or a phd.

  8. coffee_mom11

    coffee_mom11 said, about 3 years ago

    Right — because all you have to do is just sit on your butt for those 8 years and not do a blasted thing (like learn or read). Then the “magic doorway” just opens up and gives you everything you want — not!! Simply put, Holly’s a spoiled brat and needs a job pronto so she can learn some maturity and responsibility.

  9. scretwitch

    scretwitch said, about 3 years ago


    I think Val was referring to both HS and college. I believe that Holly is perpetually 13 in this strip.

  10. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    My mother once told me my teens years were “the best years of my life”. I actually tried to commit suicide. Do NOT tell a kid essentially, “it’s never going to get better”.

  11. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, about 3 years ago

    I see.

  12. frightenup

    frightenup said, about 3 years ago

    And I think it helps to remind her that she’ll have bad days and good days, like everyone, but don’t blame it on school. Make learning fun, not a chore.

  13. ladymadcat

    ladymadcat said, about 3 years ago


    Same way with me, I was miserable in school. My son felt the same way most of the time he was there, too. Guess they were golden days for a select few. Sometimes the top dogs peak in high school, and that’s the high point of their life, which is sad.

  14. Agingstoner

    Agingstoner said, about 3 years ago

    Gawd, what is with all the PREACHING? It’s a COMIC STRIP, folks. If everyone behaved perfectly there would be no humor and no reason for it to exist!

  15. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Speaking as someone with 2 master’s degrees and a PhD, I don’t get people who don’t like school.

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