For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for November 16, 2022

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    Templo S.U.D.  7 months ago

    Bring on the embarrassment.

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    capricorn9th  7 months ago

    Well, like mother like son in the motormouth department. Mike is his mother’s son having inherited the loquacious side of her personality as well as enjoying creative writing. Hence he needs a wife similar to John who listens to his verbose spouse while reading, loading the dishwasher, or working on the car.

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    Jacob Mattingly   7 months ago

    I don’t think any teenager has ever said fogey, let alone fogeyville in their life, yet Lynn still gets how some teens see their parents: both the good.. and the stuff that drives them up the wall.

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    Botulism Bob  7 months ago

    This isn’t going to end well.

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    catchup  7 months ago

    Could be worse, John could actually play the accordion.

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    howtheduck  7 months ago

    I find it interesting that Mike has to go through a long explanation of what his mother does for her career only to top it off with “she could be something.” As for his father, there is not one mention of dentistry or model trains. I suppose this means Mike is embarrassed by his mother’s career and is not embarrassed by his father’s.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 8bb645]  7 months ago

    Accordion music? Maybe by a Yankovic?

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    Tantor  7 months ago

    And I thought that canadians were normal…

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    rshive  7 months ago

    Typical parents.

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    Johnnyrico  7 months ago

    Rhetta is actually April at 17 years old, who traveled back in time, just to mess with St. Michael.

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    Wren Fahel  7 months ago

    Granted, it was Rhetta saying to the parents, but I promised my daughters that I would NEVER greet one of their friends or dates with “I’ve heard all about you!” I actually remember how I felt when my mother said it to a boy I introduced her to. I did it once as a joke…thankfully, both my daughter & her friend were in on the joke.

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    dcdete.  7 months ago

    Darn it by the way panel 4 is drawn we can’t tell if Michael’s dad greeted Rhetta while wearing a dirty old t-shirt! But it does look like he at least dragged a comb through his messy hair.

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    Johnnyrico  7 months ago

    Well, Michael, when we’re talking about YOU, it’s total Asshatyville..

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    USN1977  7 months ago

    Lawrence Welk! “A 1-A, a 2-A, and a 3-A!”

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    Redd Panda  7 months ago

    Just a couple of old fogeys, who gave their best, to get him to adulthood.

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    EnlilEnkiEa  7 months ago

    Wait until mom pulls out the photo album.

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    GirlGeek Premium Member 7 months ago

    “If she went back to school, she could be something.” That is incredibly harsh.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 7 months ago

    Ah yes, the typical teenager with a preventative strike carried out to deter expected embarrassment from the parents.

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    g04922  7 months ago

    Rhianna is going to do ‘ok’, after Mikes briefing….

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    g04922  7 months ago

    Rhetta is going to do ‘ok’ after Mike’s excellent briefing…

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    kennnyp  7 months ago

    wow… sends chills…her name was Marilyn…we were coming home from college for T.Giving …she was my very first girl friend…coming to and Italian family’s dinner with alllllll the relatives…. as i was introducing her uncle joe, the doctor in the family, said hi to her and then told her that… guys with mustaches…. (yes, i still have one) ….have 1000’s of times more germs on their mustaches when they kiss….. it made a lasting memory ….that still gives me chills…..

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    goboboyd  7 months ago

    Have you hidden the family photo album?

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    Jelliqal  7 months ago

    Mom is running a household of 3 children and working a job. I say she is SOMETHING now. There is more to life than your career title.

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    Then the dinner menu is all the stuff Elly didn’t know Rhetta hates…….

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    paranormal  7 months ago

    So much for the evenings small talk…

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    jbruins84341  7 months ago

    Time for them to tell her all about Michael.

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    kathleenhicks62  7 months ago

    Is Dad cleaned up now/

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    JanLC  7 months ago

    I don’t remember ever having dinner at a boyfriend’s house. I do remember one time having a boyfriend over for dinner, but that was after I graduated high school. (I also remember how embarrassed he was because he couldn’t figure out how to eat what mom served. Long story.)

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    cranefriend  7 months ago

    dang old coffee-stirring dad

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    mindjob  7 months ago

    My mom had Tom Jones and Fifth Dimension records. I guess that’s old fogey music now

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    donwestonmysteries  7 months ago

    Fogeyville. I like it. Is it Canadian term?

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    Enter.Name.Here  7 months ago

    And now, at dinner mom and dad will turn the tables and tell you all about Michael….. EVERYthing….. Poor guy. ;-)

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    HodgeElmwood  7 months ago

    Jeeze, Michael, for a guy with two loving parents, you’re an….well, it starts with an ‘a’ and ends with “ss”

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    kamoolah  7 months ago

    How come Rhetta’s parents did not act like buffoons when Michael came over? Guess they are not (stereo)typical parents who feel a need to get their thrills by putting down their kids in front of others.

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    kamoolah  7 months ago

    I feel bad for the real life son. How was he to know what girls were interested in him and not in getting their hands into Lynn Johnston’s deep pockets?

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    InuYugiHakusho  7 months ago

    Michael, your mom DID go back to school when you were younger.

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    Judy Hendrickson [Unnamed Reader - 852856]  7 months ago

    I know how how Michael feels. My dad made one of my boyfriends the 3rd degree,was so embarrassing thought if d never see that boy again but Idid!!!

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    finnygirl Premium Member 7 months ago

    For some reason, this storyline reminded me of an off-topic but true story. My doctor and his wife were friends of the family in our small town. I wasn’t home at the time this happened, but he told me about it years later. My dad was a physician. Doc’s future wife cut her leg while riding horseback, and she and her friend then rode over to our house for my dad to help her. My 8 siblings and my parents were eating supper at the time. They finished supper, then dad had the young lady lie down on the dining room table). He then neatly stitched her laceration, and she and her friend remounted and rode away!

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    hagarthehorrible  7 months ago

    Kids always underestimate the potency of parents. The realization occurs when they grow up and mature. And the cycle of life continues.

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