What I stomped on was wasps’ nests! Ground wasps were plentiful, and when I found one, I’d place a rock over the hole, twirl around on it and run before the returning wasps could see what had happened. It was a game of chicken, and much more exciting than the game I was supposed to be playing!
I was appalled when my kids were young and would see graphic material on TV which should never be allowed on prime time. I did this strip in solidarity with other parents desperately wanting their children to have a healthy view of conflict, sex, and politics. I can’t imagine what the parents of today’s youngsters are doing now!
My mother did make my daughter a lovely smocked dress to wear at my brother and his wife’s wedding. I kept this sweet memento until my granddaughter was big enough to wear it, and when she put it on, it looked old-fashioned and unattractive. I gave this lovely handmade dress to the Salvation Army in the hope that someone out there would appreciate all the work that went into it. I didn’t feel guilty. Very fortunately, that’s what my mom would have done, too.
I think there’s a play out there somewhere called, "I Love You, You’re Perfect. Now Change." Does anyone know anything about this? Is it still running somewhere? I thought it was the best title, but never got to see the play!
My husband really was happiest when he was in his workshop. No matter what was going on around him, his hobbies and his various projects kept him focused and content. If you wanted to spend time with him, the workshop was the place to be. Katie learned this at a very young age, which is why she can now fix or make just about anything!
This was, and likely still is, a contentious issue. By opening the door to conversation on the topic of "when does life begin?" I was rattling a few cages. Knowing I was treading on thin ice, I made sure the punch line was innocuous, but I got the angry mail anyway. In the end, I was glad I had drawn this strip. It was something we were talking to our kids about and I knew other parents were struggling with this question as well. This shows you how much freedom I was given by my syndicate and many editors to write and say things that were sensitive and not easily mentioned in a comic strip.
Having Connie, Lawrence, and their new family move back into the Pattersons’ neighbourhood gave me much more to write about. Elly and Connie were a good mix of characters, and Lawrence was a wonderful sidekick for Mike. I had written them out of the strip without realizing how much they added to it!
Throughout my life, I have had wonderful friends—both men and women, who were there when I needed them. Likewise, I have always been there for them, too. Good friends are the bandages, the bed rest, and the chicken soup of life!