Lynn's Comments: I was treading some sensitive ground here when I wrote this. Midwifery was still a developing career, and home birth was still being discouraged. Expectant parents were, for the first time, taking control of how and where their babies were going to be born.
Lynn's Comments: This was an actual conversation overheard in my home...except it was adults talking!
Lynn's Comments: At the time I was formulating this story, there was some debate regarding midwifery and the decision to have your baby at home. My own obstetrician, Dr. Murray Enkin, advocated for home birth and I wanted to champion his ideals.
Lynn's Comments: Dr. Enkin was the author of several obstetrics text books and his opinion was: "Childbirth isn't a disease and shouldn't necessarily happen in a hospital." This was something I believed, too.
Lynn's Comments: I engineered this "birth" to happen on April Fool’s Day because it was a fantasy situation—I wasn't really pregnant. But at this stage of the story, I hadn't decided on a name or a gender. (You have a lot of control over people when you make them up!)
Lynn's Comments: If you live in a snow belt, you have done this. You've been the victim and the perp. Strangely, there is satisfaction on both sides.
Lynn's Comments: This Sunday page was so popular we had prints made of it. Some still might be available.
Lynn's Comments: This story gave me the opportunity to add something "Canadian" to the strip. One of my editors originally tried to discourage me from doing this, saying he wanted it to be seen as an American family. I refused to omit Canadianisms, and the result was that folks in the US enjoyed the chance to tell me about their trips to Canada, and Canadians appreciated the reference.
Lynn's Comments: Whenever one of the kids was feeling left out or otherwise marginalized, we declared a special day just for them. We’d go to a favourite restaurant, maybe supply a small gift. We just made a special day out of an ordinary one. Worked like a charm.
Lynn's Comments: Even rush hour can be a pleasant respite for a harried parent. There are times I would have loved to be stuck in traffic instead of being stuck at home!
Lynn's Comments: I believe this happens to all of us. Now and then we think someone else’s life is easier, better or more rewarding than our own.
Lynn's Comments: I so enjoyed drawing these panels. They were simple and clear, no background to speak of....and the story told itself.
Lynn's Comments: It's harder now to listen in to other people's phone calls. Today, cell phones can create much bigger problems!
Lynn's Comments: My babysitting chops were earned next door, where I looked after 4 little girls who were determined to see me lose my cool. I learned how to win with dignity, and I not only earned a good job reference, but I also learned a bit about parenting!