Lynn's Comments: The garbage dump in Lynn Lake, Manitoba was called, "The Exchange." Folks were leaving town on a regular basis and often the dump was a treasure trove of unwanted but really good stuff. I do remember getting all excited about a trip to the "nuisance grounds." Sometimes I brought home more than I threw away.
Lynn's Comments: I sucked my thumb until I was about seven. I still remember the taste...not bad and calorie free!
Lynn's Comments: This is a real problem. After living and working with a dentist, I could tell from a child's dentition if he or she had been sucking their thumb for too long. I knew about these appliances to stop the habit...they were unpleasant, but they worked!
Lynn's Comments: This thumb sucking appliance is a small metal wire contraption that is glued into a child's mouth. This tiny appliance has tiny prongs on it which makes sucking uncomfortable and (hopefully) breaks the habit. Too bad there isn't something similar for smoking!
Lynn's Comments: This is where I used alliteration as a punch line. When writing a short story, I had to produce some daily "wit" even if there was nothing to hang it on. "I think they're all creepth!!"—"I think they’re all curious." I tied up the 4 panels as best I could with these almost rhyming comments.
Lynn's Comments: This was a segue into the introduction of the teacher in a wheelchair. I had wanted to show someone in a chair for a while, but didn’t know how or when to do it. Strange, since we all know someone who is disabled. Miss Edwards became a favourite character, but again, I had little space in which to feature one of Elizabeth's teachers.
Lynn's Comments: Miss Edwards' character gave me the opportunity to talk to and seek out the advice of people who used a wheelchair. It was a wonderful education!
Lynn's Comments: If you're a fan of Jim Unger's "Herman," look at John's profile in panel 8. Doesn’t it look like it was drawn by Jim Unger? I loved the way he drew a non-expression like this. Guess the admiration rubbed off!
Lynn's Comments: Looking at this, I have to smile. I used to worry about my kids going out on their own at night. Now, at 72 and not keen to drive when it's the dark, my kids worry about me!