You know the news is irrelevant, irritating or unwelcome when you get illustrations from the comics. Nevertheless, cartoonists sometimes have an eye for reality that our “politically correct” society refuses to face. Mallard Filmore is one. I offer the following examples today from 1/1/19 San Diego U-T.
First, Classic Peanuts. Lucy and Schroeder discuss getting married. He has always said he would never marry her. She asks some reasons. First, she’s crabby. Second, she’s bossy. She replies in astonishment that he considers them reasons.
Comment. No one wants a crabby mate. But if males waited to find a “non-bossy” woman, who would ever have a wife?
Second, Marmaduke. While she freely criticizes the dizzy dog in this cartoon, Phil’s wife thanked him profusely for finding a paper on the floor and chewing it to pieces. And why? Because it contained all her New Year’s resolutions.
Comment. What a great idea: make resolutions and find ways to discard them. Most of us need no help breaking a resolution, but it’s nice to know an outsider exists to “lose” them without our “breaking” them.
Third, Garfield. The insufferable cat—aren’t all felines insufferable?—sets in his box hugging his Pooky bear. The cat notes that life has both ups and downs. Flat on his back in the third frame—his favorite position—he says that position was “UP”.
Comment. We’ve all seen bumper stickers. The “Garfield” kind says, “I’d rather be in the sack.” With Americans being some of the most exhausted people in the world, maybe that should be our national slogan. Or, “exhausted but refusing to slow down.” End Part I