Lynn's Comments: I've spent a great deal of time now visiting my aunt in a senior's residence, and it's clear to me that when you are ready to have a small, secure home with medical help and regular prepared meals, you are definitely ready! The one thing my aunt is saddened by is the strangeness of being surrounded by very old people all the time! The only young people are staff members and visitors. When I take her into town for a change of scene, she will say, "This is normal! Everyone is here...young, old, and in between!"
Lynn's Comments: In our case, there was no pump organ, but both of us wanted things that were full of childhood memories. I was happy to have my dad's collection of First Nations art and my brother wanted things that had belonged to our grandfather. It's great to see these things lovingly kept in our own homes now. I can't imagine what folks go through when they lose their home to a fire or flood— family heirlooms connect you to your past and to your heritage. They are priceless.
Lynn's Comments: I once asked my kids to put their names on the items in my home that they might want when I'm no longer here. Neither of them wanted to do anything so dramatic and personal! So, I'm hoping I can remember what they've mentioned over the years!
Lynn's Comments: This is one of the rare times that the focus of the strip left the Patterson family. This is because Phil and Georgia had become such an important addition to the family that I had to tell more of their story.
Lynn's Comments: This never happened, but artistic license allows for creative control of everything!
Lynn's Comments: In the last panel, I think I drew Michael too big. His legs are too long and his waist comes up to the roof of the car!
Lynn's Comments: The graffiti in panel two was a shout out to my friend and cartoonist Tim Oliphant.