Lynn's Comments: This is what happened to me when I took my driving exam at the age of 16. The examiner was menacing and brutally strict...and I failed the test!
Lynn's Comments: Drawing pictures like this was therapeutic because I knew other parents would commiserate.
Lynn's Comments: Here is where I failed my exam. Cars in the 60s were mostly standard shift, so parking on a hill meant using the clutch carefully when pulling out from the curb. I pushed down hard on the gas, took my foot off the clutch, and roared uncontrollably into the parking lot across the street. It happened to be the RCMP building and two police officers were sitting in their cruiser when I rear-ended them. I didn't hit them hard, but I could see one officer's coffee spout from his thermos as the other hit the horn. When the officers got out of the cruiser and saw the car that had hit them, with the "Driving School" sign on the roof, they laughed out loud. I received no ticket, but I knew I'd more than failed the exam. It would take me another year before I had the guts to try again...and the next time, I had a kind and supportive examiner. I passed.
Lynn's Comments: I just loved drawing the baby. Adding her to the strip added so much to everything. It gave all of the characters a whole new energy...even the dog!
Lynn's Comments: This punch line is much like the ending I gave to the Mother's Day Sunday page. Just goes to show you two things: 1) I never checked to see what I'd done on Mother's Day, and 2) When you're on a deadline, you'll sometimes take the first idea that comes into your head and draw it up. This must have been one of those first ideas!
Lynn's Comments: The story lines about high school crushes attracted in a whole group of new teenage readers who stuck around for the soap opera drama. You might be one of those people!
Lynn's Comments: This is a bit of foreshadowing...the suggestion that Michael's career might be in journalism.
Lynn's Comments: Here is one of the first hints that Gordon would eventually own a garage.
Lynn's Comments: We actually did this to get the dog outside for a bath. It worked beautifully.