Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sunday April 1, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

A doctor or dentist’s wife has to get used to their husbands being surrounded by other women. A comfortable workplace has a “family” atmosphere and appropriate personal issues are discussed openly and often. There were times- after the kids were in bed and there was time to talk- when my husband would tell me about the interpersonal things that happened at work. He told me about the ways he had intervened, helped to iron things out; been a shoulder to cry on. He was proud of his ability to defuse an argument or console someone through a personal crisis. He was proud of the way he had used psychology and encouragement and sympathy to help a staff member to get through a rough time. This strip had more than a ring of truth to it…there were alarms going off and we didn’t know it!

Monday April 2, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Despite the mess, I loved making cookies with my children. They never tired of playing with the dough, and I baked it- even if it was grey from abuse. We cut them into shapes. We decorated them with sprinkles and raisins and if there was jam, we folded it inside to make jam-busters. Our home-made cookies might not have sold at a bake fair, but they were still a good investment!

Wednesday April 4, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

The trouble with holidays for me was- deadlines don’t take a break. I had to work through the holidays unless I had been able to work ahead. Aaron and Katie grew up around my schedules and knew I wasn’t kidding when I said I had to get stuff done! Fortunately, they both liked drawing and colouring and I had plenty of art supplies. I even kept the “flash” (extra paper) that was cut from the sides of the stock I ordered for my strips. My kids doodled and glued while I drew and erased. It worked for us!

Thursday April 5, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Katie did not want to go to the Easter Parade. She didn’t want to be in the parade. She didn’t want to wear the hat. What finally persuaded her to go was Aaron saying that he’d get all the chocolate, the cake, and the other goodies and she’d get none. Even though I was not pleased with his sentiments, I appreciated his help.

Saturday April 7, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

One tradition we really enjoyed every Easter was colouring eggs. My mother was a fine artist who tried every technique she could find to make our eggs different from the norm. She had us work with white wax crayons which kept the dye from colouring the shell. We then warmed and wiped off the wax so that another colour could be added where the wax had been. This was similar to the way the beautifully decorated eggs are done in the Ukrainian style. Ours were rough and “kid-like” but neat, just the same. She mixed vegetable oil with the dye to create swirling patterns. She put rubber bands around the eggs to make straight lines so we could draw around them. For us it was an art lesson as well as a great way to prepare for the coming of the E.B. who would hide them in the night!

Eating the eggs we had so carefully coloured was difficult because we hated to destroy the shells. This resulted in mom’s “Easter tree”. She would carefully break each shell in half, use a needle to tie a thread to the top and hang the shells from the branches of a small shrub she’d placed in a vase. For us, Easter Sunday was as enjoyable as Christmas – and without the expense!

Sunday April 8, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This was a story my dad told us; “If you get up early on Easter Sunday morning, you will see the sun dance as it rises.” Dutifully, Alan and I would get up to see if the story was true, but we never saw the sun dance on Easter morning. I think Dad had bet on two things: one, he never expected my brother and me to actually get out of a warm bed so early and two, in Vancouver, it always seemed to rain on Easter. His explanation for why the sun hadn’t danced was that we probably didn’t BELIEVE enough! I guess we believed enough in the Easter bunny, though – because every year, he showed up without fail!

Tuesday April 10, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This skirt and necklace I bought on a cruise ship. They were fine on the ship where we all could dress for the ports of call, but perhaps a bit fussy for an evening out in our hometown. I wish I had more guts when it comes to dressing up. I have a closet full of nifty, colourful duds, but like the rest of the women I hang out with, I always show up in something black! In my opinion- the guys in the pride parades have all the fun!

Wednesday April 11, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

My friend Loretta Clarke has four beautiful daughters who were wonderful babysitters. Lynn Lake was so small that we were always within walking distance from home. If there was an emergency we could return in a flash, but Loretta would often be called before we were and would solve the problem first! The character “Paula” was a mix of all four of Loretta’s girls: Sandra, Lorraine, Terri and Catherine. I love you all!

Thursday April 12, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This is from my own recollection as a teenaged babysitter; I’d have to be a disciplinarian, but I was too young to be taken seriously, so I had to play two roles: the friendly big kid, and the tough cop who’d turn the kid in to the authorities if they didn’t shape up. It wasn’t an easy job sometimes and I earned every cent I made.

Wednesday April 18, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I for one HATE to sell this stuff. I don’t mind buying it- I know that kids have to do their thing and someone has to ante up. Schools and sports and charities all have to be supported and I do support them all- just don’t ask me to be the one with the bag of crud and a hand out! I’m more likely to apologize for interrupting someone’s privacy than to ask for a donation!

Thursday April 19, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

By the time Aaron was selling candy bars to raise money for school, we lived in a quiet, rural neighbourhood where walking from door to door just wasn’t possible. One of us had to drive him around the area, which took a lot of time. It was easier to go into town and wait for him to canvass the more populated neighbourhoods- and I felt guilty, knowing that these people were being hit twice!

Friday April 20, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

It was all too easy to imagine a hole in Mike’s pocket. What else could happen to make an unpleasant task even more annoying? Drawing John’s expression here was worth a week’s work and made the story just a bit juicier. I hadn’t started out with this idea- it came as I wrote which is what always seems to happen. Once you are into a story, it goes where it wants to go!

Sunday April 22, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Because of the three-hour time difference between Ontario and Vancouver, we had a hard time making phone calls. Either my folks were having dinner (and hated to be disturbed) or we were. If I called during the day, the kids were out. In the afternoon, my folks were out. The odd time we had a conversation (at a good time for both parties) everyone wanted to talk at once!

Monday April 23, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This is the character “Elizabeth” and not Katie. In order to make things interesting, I would often give Lizzie a negative side; have her throw a tantrum or do something any kid might do. Kate herself was pretty relaxed and made few demands. She was predictably grouchy when she was tired, hungry or bored but otherwise, very easy to live with. It’s strips like this one, which gave Kate a bit of a complex- as folks would chide her for being “such a handful”! When she was a teenager- and really DID have some meltdowns, I had to be very careful not to document anything. Such is the balancing act when you’re doing a story based on “real life”!

Wednesday April 25, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Moms are always looking to other moms for advice and moral support. I don’t know what I would have done without my “mom-friends”. We shared everything from our personal meltdowns and ensuing guilt to comparisons of our kids’ behaviour and development. Without judgement or criticism, we helped each other survive! Looking back, all the angst seems so “over the top”. It’s just that when you’re standing there on the edge of the canyon, it’s sure nice to have a friend to coax you back into the car!!!

Thursday April 26, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I was happy with this punch line. In cartooning, a phrase like “turning over a new leaf” usually leads to a smart reply. You can also change the words: “A nerd in the hand is worth two in the bush”. I always caution new cartoonists against using a familiar quote unless they are planning to use it in a zinger in the last panel.

Friday April 27, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Parents who stay at home today are fortunate to be considered part of the working class! There was a time when you would almost apologize for staying home to raise your family. I was lucky to be able to work from home and be there when my kids were toddlers and later when came home from school. I still think it’s the best and most important job I’ve ever had.

Sunday April 29, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I could never find my kitchen scissors. After looking high and low, I would buy a new pair and eventually those would disappear, too. This scenario was typical of a time when Kate and Aaron were small and things ended up in the garden, at the neighbours’, or in the workshop – never to be seen again.

When Katie was a teenager, I made a declaration one day: she was grounded until she cleaned her room. Begrudgingly, she did so. The result? No less than nine pairs of scissors were discovered among the debris. The moral of the story? … A string on the kitchen scissors might look silly, but you’ll always know where to find them!