Elly: "April's a good kid - it's just that the hormones have been doing a number on her lately. She and Gerald are "just friends" again, which is a relief from a mother's viewpoint although the talk shows and news reports indicate that I shouldn't worry any less."
Augh! How I despise people who take their parenting advice from scare journalism! "Does your perfect child have a secret life as a roadside gig? Tune in to Sally Jessy and watch us make teenagers cry!"
John talks a lot about the model railroad. I don't believe there's ever been a letter from him that didn't. Well, there has to be some explanation for his absence from the strip.
Liz says: "I read a lot of stuff online but it's not the same as having a book in your hand. For one, you can't take the computer into the bathtub. Not safely, anyway."
Wow, she's inherited her father's razor-sharp wit!
April says: "Four more years and I'm not a kid anymore! I'll be able to drive in two years, which is awesome."
Oh wow; I'm impressed. You get older every year!
Deanna says: "Fortunately, I can still get away with "totally" and "cool" in my vocabulary thanks to the 80's revival that we're experiencing."
...Maybe I'm old, but I didn't know those words ever went out of style. ???
Iris says: "Jim sends his best regards. He's having a nice nap in his favourite spot by the window. I'm tempted to drop a mint in his mouth, but I won't!"
Uh, yeah. Please don't. I don't want to think what kind of fantasy that would engender.