dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly's true inheritor: Valerie Stone.

I'd like to shift my attention to another strip that I find interesting: Stone Soup by Jan Eliot. As you know, it's the story of a woman in her late thirties named Val Stone; she's a widow with two children who has a fairly exasperating time balancing the demands of family and career. I'll go into depth about her and her family in the upcoming days but, if you'll indulge me, I'd like to share why it fascinates me. As we see, the main source of humor is that neither she or her sister John find motherhood to be the minimum cinch sort of affair it was on TV; what we get is a frank, blow-by-blow account of how hard it is to deal with teething, moody teenagers, children who'd rather play outdoors instead of waste away in a classroom, paying bills and yappy dogs. While, as I said, this sentiment is rather commonplace now, it was not in the late seventies when Lynn Johnston was starting out; back then she looked like a revolutionary for saying things that people wanted to but couldn't. The Foobs only manage to look trite and simplistic as they do now because Lynn paved the way for more insightful people. Bear with me as I look in on a family who followed the trail Elly blazed.
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