10 days ago
Confession. I have a secret family. I've been part of the Pattersons since they debuted in the paper in 1979...I was in 9th grade when they "adopted" me. I started collecting the books in my early twenties and thirties. and one thing I’ve discovered over the years—the Pattersons get me!
No matter what stage of life me and the kids are in, I can grab a random book and voila, it’s drawn in a comic cell! Newborn all-nighters, working mom daycare dilemmas, new puppy hell, hormone horrors, graduation tears, empty-nest place-setting math; the milestones are well, miles long. The books bring comfort and lighthearted reading, but they also dabble with the downers and challenges of real life. A best friend’s coming out, loss of parents and pets— I still get weepy when Farley dies! But Lynn Johnston draws upon it all with sincere compassion and levity. Thanks to the Patterson’s, I’ve also learned about Canadian holidays and that their Thanksgiving comes *before* Halloween!
I'm missing a few issues but I ordered this one from the website a couple years ago as I neared 50, and to my surprise, it was a signed and doodled copy!! Hurray for serendipity <3. What's your tangible go-to for comfort?
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