This strip is very close to the bone for me. My mother would have been called an abusive parent by today’s standards. She was physically and emotionally abusive, but she just didn’t know how to parent. When she found a drawing I had done of her as a witch holding a whip, she cried.
…but is it unrequited love?
Again, pets and babies provide a needed break from serious things.
Zebras are herbivores.
This dilemma was used as a talking point in classrooms and doctors’ offices. People cut out the strip and posted it on walls and bulletin boards. It was an amazing catalyst for discussion.
Very sad days. I hope you and yours feel better soon, knowing that Spicy was very lucky to be in your life and so were you having her in yours.
Following this revelation, I received many letters. Readers were not as interested in asking me about the life of the character in the strip but in telling me about their own abusive experiences. Stories like this brought me, personally, closer to my readers than I had ever been before.
I really enjoyed making Elly look horrible. If I didn’t look like this from time to time, it was certainly the way I felt!
The way to write a story, using one statement a day, is to include valuable information in dialogue that is crafted as a joke. Here, we get the joke about the hat, but it’s connected to Gordon’s gloves. He needn’t have left his gloves at the Patterson house, but by having this happen, I was both confirming that Elly had intervened and that Gordon liked being in the Patterson home. This works as ongoing information without having to delve into the difficult storyline again.
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