“For Better or For Worse” comic strip came to an end on Sunday, August 31, and I cried. It was very poignant, but also it made me realize how the time had passed and will pass. I started reading “For Better or For Worse” when we moved into this house, when our daughter was 2 years old and the character Elizabeth was about the same age. In yesterday’s strip, Lynn Johnston wound it all up, after 28 years, and spun it forward so that we could know what would happen in the future to this family. I wept at the end.
Even though they were only lives on paper, I had become so involved, and could see so many of my own experiences in those strips, and I knew, there at the end, all of us will have to wrap it up one day. Although Lynn Johnston will rerun the strip, we don’t get to do that with our life. As I tell my students, this is not a dress rehearsal. You get one chance, no reruns, no do overs. Make it count.