I agree with Jan C.'s response to Mattie about the "barn cats." My only additional comment is to point out that, it was not until after the Second World War that having a cat as an indoor became common. As an article I read said, prior to the war, cats generally lived in barns, ate rats, made more cats, and for the most part, tended to themselves. The farmer might give them a saucer of cream from time to time.
John, Scottsdale, AZThe other day I opened the Age to my usual section, ready to read the cartoons and was flawed by a blank spot- no more For Better or Worse. I sat staring at the page feeling quite devastated and began to wonder why I felt this way. She had drawn what I imagined was her own family life, the ups and downs and often the very mundane stuff that is the familyâ€šs daily lot. The characters appeared to live in Canada but the situations she created transcended any cultural boundaries. My four children had been born and had grown up while I had daily read her cartoon, sometimes desperately needing
Di Motton AustraliaRegarding Monica's comment, I think the Second World War loosened at lot of things up. Religious faith was shaken to its foundations, and many people lost it. They had just been through a war in which 55 million people died. Where was God when it was going on? Those who survived realized that life was short and uncertain, and they were not going to be bound by other-world dictates. We began to see a relaxtion in attitudes toward divorce, and then, as the children of the "WWII Generation" came of age in the 1960's, the social revolution was well begun.
John, Scottsdale, AZRe: Sunday's strip...grrrrrr! KIDS!