Where is "FBOFW" going with this? Elly drives home alone from Mtigwherever, gets sleepy, pulls over and falls asleep in the car by the side of the road.
Yikes, Howard is still loose, isn't he? Is he going to come after her? Shouldn't she have called home? Will John and April go frantic with worry, sending Mike out to find her, and he'll fall into the river like Farley? I'm so confused.
Note to those of you (ahem, my mom, ahem) who think I post about this strip because I hate it, and that I need to give Lynn Johnston a break, please understand, it's the complete opposite. I love the strip, and spent a recent sickly Saturday chuckling over the "Suddenly Silver" 25-year collection. The older strips are funny, they're character-rich, they're suspenseful, and they're often heartbreaking.
One strip especially stuck with me. There's a great, absolutely touching strip where Elly and her mom, Marion, both know that Marion is dying, and Elly asks her mom if she'll look after her children for her when she gets to heaven. Her mom tells her she promises to, and a grateful and yet grieving Elly thinks "My mom has never broken a promise to me." If that doesn't make your eyes well up, I don't know what would.
It's because I love the strip that sometimes recently I feel like Homer Simpson when Garrison Keillor is on TV, and he bangs on the set and yells "BE MORE FUNNY!"