The Sunday Funnies

“The Sunday funnies” is a phrase that conjures up nostalgic images.  Family members arguing over who gets the comic section first.  Kids on their hands and knees reading the funnies on the living room floor.  Dad taking a Sunday snooze in his easy chair, the comics spread across his lap.  The Sunday funnies have been a tradition in American life for more than a century.

Working Parents

For almost three decades, Hi was the sole breadwinner in the Flagston family.  Every year, he declared all of his income and paid his taxes with a groan.  His credit rating was good and his character references were excellent.

Hi still works as a district sales manager for Foofram Industries, which manufactures fooframs of all types.  His boss, Mr. Foofram, inherited the business from his father and sits at an ornate throne in his office vainly trying to get his employees to do his bidding.  He is the quintessential small man in a big job – a lot of power but not very much wattage.

Happy Mother’s Day

My wife, Abby, does the cooking in our family, so on Mother’s Day, as a special treat, I usually make her breakfast in bed.  We also feature this tradition regularly in Hi and Lois.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are important holidays and it would be an oversight not to celebrate these occasions in a family strip like Hi and Lois.  But it does present a challenge to come up with fresh ideas ever year.  There are only so many variations on the breakfast-in-bed scenario.