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OLD
Al | North Eastham, MA | June 22, 2012

God, do I feel old!

STARING AT THE MONITOR
Bill B. | Media, PA | June 22, 2012

I'm the father of four grown children, and I'm about Mike's age. This strip had me staring at the monitor, tears running down my cheeks remembering my kids' childhoods, how soon it's over, how beautiful the times. I wish I could do them all over again. There isn't anything that can replace little arms wrapped around your neck and the words " I love you, daddy."

HOPES AND FEARS
Captain Jon Scuba | Baltimore, MD | June 22, 2012

Thank you for capturing so perfectly the hopes and fears of every parent, every bride and groom, every returning veteran, every person with a disability, in only four frames. Many of your strips have been moving enough to stay with me for years. ("Even revolutionaries love chocolate chip cookies.") None more than this.

WAYPOINTS
Rob | Olympia, WA | June 22, 2012

Wow, as I read today's strip I was remembering when Mike Doonesbury first met Joanie Caucus, Alex's grandma. It's funny how a comic strip can mark waypoints in your life. That was a long time ago in a place far from where I am now.

HIT HOME
Yvonne | Ottawa, CANADA | June 22, 2012

GBT, you continue to hit home with every pen stroke -- keep it up. BACHELOR, there's still time! I have a friend...

WHY NOT?
Molly Larson Dook | Coupeville, WA | June 22, 2012

Perfect! I always shed a tear at weddings, and I shed one this morning at this one. Why not? Those of us who've been with the Doones since the beginning absolutely feel like family. (I hope Alex and Leo like the gravy boat I sent.)

TOO MUCH
Tom | Nashville, TN | June 22, 2012

At the risk of crossing some unspoken line, am I the only one who feels the glorious, climactic sweep to the last two weeks signals an imminent farewell to Walden? Or have I been watching too much science fiction again?

TEARS OF JOY
Amanda | WASHINGTON | June 22, 2012

This is the first wedding I've been to in a long long time, and it has brought me tears of joy. Thank you so much for bringing this to our lives. In his last days, my beloved veteran was blind in one eye. Leo reminds me why I loved my veteran for so long. We met in high school before he went to Vietnam. He died in a VA hospital in 2008 after suffering for for 37 years from PTSD, as well as drug addiction and alcoholism. We weren't married in a traditional way, but we were married for 40 years. I was with him in the ICU in the last week of his life. Leo and Alex are dear to my heart! May love bless and keep them and their generation always.

LIFE
Yundah | Olivet, MI | June 22, 2012

Today I've nothing pithy, nothing snarky to say, just thanks. Beautiful wedding, beautiful reminder that life goes on.

CURSE YOU, GBT!
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | June 22, 2012

Curse you, GBT! I didn’t think you could make this week’s series any more poignant, and you just did. My handkerchief drawer may never be the same; at least until my own daughters get married.

BACHELOR
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | June 22, 2012

I am a bachelor of 48 who just returned from a 400-mile drive after visiting a family with a daughter graduating high school. I get home and read a week's worth of strips in one sitting. God is laughing at me for staying single.

CONGRATULATIONS
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | June 22, 2012

To paraphrase John Kennedy, "Let the word go forth from this time and place that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Doonesbury characters." Congratulations, Alex and Leo. May God bless your marriage.

AFFECTION
Mara Lambert | O'Brien, OR | June 21, 2012

Until Alex called Toggle "honey" in a recent strip, I have failed to see any affection between them. Somehow, this takes all the happiness of their wedding away from me. I wish them the best, but fear the worst.

OLD
Lawrence Kern | Lafayette, LA | June 21, 2012

I've been reading Doonesbury in real time since just about Alex's birth, so not only do I love the sentimentality expressed in today's strip, but now I also feel just as old as Mike does. Surely, today's will be remembered as one of your Top 100 strips of all time.

GLAD TO SEE
David H. | Salisbury, ENGLAND | June 21, 2012

Am glad to see from this thread that I wasn't alone in having misty eyes (well, a little more than that) from today's strip. I don't always get the US political references, but today's strip was universal, covering feelings experienced by parents everywhere. A masterpiece.

TODAY'S STRIP
Danielle | Tallahassee, FL | June 21, 2012

I tried in many ways to write out how today's strip resonated with me. I am still decades away from ever seeing a child of my own wed, but the emotion you infused this scene with has tears of joy, triumph and loss running down my face.

EMOTIONAL MOMENT
Tony | Pierre, SD | June 21, 2012

This morning's strip has stayed with me all day. Long-time Doonesbury readers have watched Alex grow up, always being her father's shining light, always there to protect him in his time of need. This is an emotional moment for many Doonesbury readers.

A CHORD
Docboat | Perth, AUSTRALIA | June 21, 2012

Beautiful, a  simply beautiful series. I feel for Mike -- today's scene where he talks to Alex, the child, will strike a chord in any father. Thank you.

MOMENT
Susan | Kittery, MAINE | June 21, 2012

Today's strip was spot on. I had exactly the same moment two years ago today when my oldest daughter got married. Now I am getting all misty-eyed.

RESONATING
Ed Saliklis | San Luis Obispo, CA | June 21, 2012

My daughter just got married four weeks ago. This is all resonating so strongly. Grown men all over the world, myself included, are getting choked up over today's strip. You are amazing in your ability to capture our lives so succinctly.