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This is only a comic strip. In the real world, Peter would have dead from an infarction years ago.
80s was more about wasting food. Kids then would hear tropes such as “If you only ate half your sandwich a child in Ethopia would sure love to have the other half”.
June 24th, 2022 is a red letter day in American history and for children everywhere. That is the day the Supreme Court abolished the “evil empire” that has lasted for 49 years.
April is a delightful child. Imagine the horror if the Pattersons were in America. April may have been murdered before she was born for the silly reason of being an “oops baby” (something she had no say in the matter). Thank goodness this strip is in Canada.
Elly’s parents were nowhere near as qualified as John, but they made more money in a short time. John took years to establish himself professionally, which caused some tension in the marriage. Elly has called John a go-nowhere because she is holding him to the standards of 1950s Canada. If the strip was set in the 50s, then John would have graduated dental school; then the following day hang out a tile that says “DENTIST” then have hordes of people coming into his office to get their teeth cleaned. A typical day would be where John comes home to be greeted by his cheerful, well-dressed kids, then hand Elly several bags of money.
There are protestors and civil rights groups with their own agenda. They do not want to smash the machinery of oppression; they want to be the oppressors.
That was Elly’s car. However, if you knew someone was boosting cars, you probably would safeguard your own car. Even if Michael and Gordon did not touch John’s car.
The Pattersons on the chain gang? Maybe John and Michael could get used to wearing stripes, but Elizabeth Sr. (b.k.a. Elly) and Elizabeth Jr. would complain that it would make them look fat. However, April is already a natural at breaking stones with a hammer, given her experience from yesterday. One big happy jailbird family!
Mrs. Nichols retired from her daycare career. She has a new job now.
By this time tomorrow, April will be through the roof.
Then that would make him…Magic Mike!