Every romance writer struggles with finding the words to properly describe what love and romance, marriage and commitment should be.
I found inspiration this week in an unlikely place, the funny pages.
My long-time favorite comic strip, the best of the best, is concluding, and I’m sad. For Better or Worse was, by definition, about marriage, love, children, family, life, and yes, death. As it concludes, the incomparably talented Lynn Johnston gives the final words – in the daily strip – to Iris, the senior who married Elly’s dad Jim, and now cares for him after a stroke and heart attack.
She says, to Elizabeth who just got married, “...we made a commitment – just as you did today – and though it’s not easy, this is all part of loving someone- with all your heart… and all you have to give. It’s a promise that should last a lifetime. It defines you as a person and describes your soul. It’s a promise to be there, one for the other, no matter what happens, no matter who falls… for better or worse, my dears… for better or worse.” Lynn Johnston
I will miss the daily lives of these wonderful folks, but in the colored comics of Saturday, August 30th, Lynn gave us a wonderfully precise peek at their lives in the next few years, the joy, the sorrow and the love.
To read Lynn’s words on the subject of ending the daily strip, click here.
Thank you, Lynn, for poignant lessons on how to write about love and romance without bathos, and, from one Canuck to another, thank you for almost 30 years of laughter and joy and life, for Better or Worse.
The good news? Lynn is starting at the beginning again, back when the kids were little, and ‘re-imaging’ the strip, with her polished skills.
We get a ‘do-over’ it seems!