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December 29, 2007

Matthew 20:16

This is the first time he ever stayed to the end of a Christmas dinner??



  1. He probably usually gets antsy waiting for everyone to finish eating and just leaves the table. My grandpa used to do that all the time. Of course, I was always that last one finished eating, so that was partially my fault. It seems that we were supposed to be led to believe that he stayed until the end of the evening against his will, but Lynn changes it around and sends a warm, yet ominous message.

    Comment by bAT L. — December 29, 2007 @ 3:10 am

  2. I didn’t read it as leaving before the end of the meal, but before the end of the evening – i.e. the celebration and family togetherness after you’ve eaten.

    So presumably he used to leave early as he was tired, (or chose not to listen to his whiny family, your choice) while this time he waited until everyone else went home too.

    Lovely, but the final panel makes it clear he did it to have one last Christmas with his family… Poignant and I think, very sweet.

    Comment by Mark Hood — December 29, 2007 @ 4:47 am

  3. What Iris (or Lynn Johnston) is ignoring is that he didn’t have any say in how long he stayed. It’s not as though he could get up and walk away or even say, “I can’t take any more of this. Let’s get out of here.”

    Comment by SatchelFan — December 29, 2007 @ 6:26 am

  4. Since he couldn’t physically leave the house, she probably means, “Yay! You didn’t pass out in the mashed potatoes tonight!”

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 29, 2007 @ 9:38 am

  5. There’s no comic visible to me here.

    Comment by Carl — December 29, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

  6. She may simply mean the first time since she’s known him.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — December 29, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

  7. I agree with #6. Jim and Iris have only been married for about five years, and Jim has been a curmudgeon for most of those years. Often during family get-togethers, he falls asleep or gets cranky.

    Comment by Cedar — December 29, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  8. #3 (SatchelFan):
    Panel 4 is an observation stated in a complimentary fashion.

    Yes, the characters and the cartoonist know that the reason he stayed until the end was because he had no power to leave on his own.

    Comment by Pinny — December 31, 2007 @ 2:26 am

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