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CONVERGENCE
Louise | Fort Collins, CO | January 23, 2013

What convergence! In the 5-years-ago-today Flashback, Rick is unknowingly meeting his future grandson-in-law and father of his great grandchildren by marriage. I wonder if Rick recalled this encounter when introduced to Toggle/Leo by Alex a few years later.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Allan Olley, PhD | Oakville, CANADA | January 23, 2013

I just want to reassure the concerned that PhD students, women who have children during their studies, can and do in fact complete their PhDs and have careers. I saw some of my fellow doctoral students do this.

MOTHER OF TWINS
Anne | Burnaby, CANADA | January 22, 2013

As a mother of twins, I suggest that Alex and Leo take lots of pictures, as they won't remember the first two years. Also, enjoy intimacy during the pregnancy, as when both twins manage to fall asleep at the same time you will just pass out. And as the daughter of a one-eyed man, I suggest that the twins avoid standing, walking or approaching their father's blind side. If they do, they risk being bumped or knocked over.

SAD
Khan | K.C., MO | January 22, 2013

It's so sad that Alex and Toggle's lives are already over because they never heard of birth control.

TWINS
Dave from Philly | Abington, PA | January 22, 2013

Twins! Oh Garry, what are you cooking up now? Please, please name the evil one Skippy!

POTENTIAL
Sean | Omaha, NE | January 22, 2013

Well this is an interesting development. But here's hoping Alex will have enough time to fulfill her potential for being one of the supergeniuses of the 21st century.

ZONKER
Alan Levey | Little Silver, NJ | January 22, 2013

Pack your bags, Zonker! Those twins are going to need a nanny. A new generation to inspire...

POOR RICK
Brett Bayne | West Hollywood, CA | January 22, 2013

Jackball son, zero pension, his career a fading memory -- and now poor Rick is soon going to be married to a great-grandmother. Egad.

ADVICE
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | January 22, 2013

Congratulations to Alex and Leo. Here's advice to them and all expectant parents of multiples -- go to the National Organization of Mothers of Twins website and find a club near you. There is nothing like the support you get from people who have been there.

SWEET PAYOFF
Peg Robinson | Providence, RI | January 22, 2013

Eeeeee! Yes-yes-yes! Mike's gonna be a Gramps! Twins! And Toggle's gonna be a Poppa! And Alex is gonna be a Mom! Eeeeee! (Grins and dances and hope this goes well for all of them.) Thanks, GBT. This is the sort of sweet payoff that makes decades of reading investment particularly rewarding.

MOTHERHOOD
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | January 22, 2013

Geez, this strip is getting to be like Gasoline Alley, only more politically incisive! Way to shake things up, GBT. It will be interesting to see Alex's handling of motherhood, considering how wonderful her own mom was...

IMPISH
T.M. | Pierre, SD | January 22, 2013

Every time I see a strip with Alex growing up -- getting married and now becoming a mother -- I am glad to be able to go back to the archives and remember those joyful times when she was just an impish child. I wish I could do that with my own grown-up daughter.

JOY AND CHALLENGES
Rob | USA | January 22, 2013

As a father of twins I wondered if Doonesbury would be able to capture the joy and challenges of having twins, but a quick search shows that Trudeau is also a father of twins. Any apprehension is gone;  I couldn't be more excited to see his take on the experience.

WHERE'S THE PHD?
Catbird | Madison, WI | January 22, 2013

Twins. There go the next twenty years. This girl was a baby genius. She graduated from MIT. Whatever happened to grad school? Where's the PhD? The genius-level, hugely rewarding job? Grandma Joanie made it on her own, and ended up with everything. She inspired my generation. And Alex?

HONESTY
David Derbes | Chicago, IL | January 22, 2013

One of the terrific things about Doonesbury is that the characters age pretty much in real time, grow old, and die. I'm delighted for Alex and admire GBT for this development, but in all honesty I suddenly feel very old.

FUN
Sherry | Plains, MT | January 22, 2013

Twins! Far out! This is going to be as much fun as the wedding. Sniff... Our girl is going to be a hoot to watch.

LITTLE BLOCKBUSTER
mbc1955 | Stockport, Manchester | January 22, 2013

Whoa! A typically off-handed way to drop that little blockbuster in! It hardly seems like the second generation of Doonesbury has settled in and now we're going to be looking at a third. I can't wait to see how Joanie's going to take to the idea of being a great-grandmother...

MIKE
Fiona Messenger | North Wales, UK | January 22, 2013

Mike nearly fell to pieces at the sight of Alex in her wedding dress. How on earth is he going to cope with being a grandfather? Of two? At the same time?

HAPPY DAY
Gina | VIRGINIA | January 22, 2013

Oh, happy day! Hugs and congratulations to Alex and Toggle. I can't imagine a better two for two -- to tackle twins in a trailor, that is. Time for bigger digs, perhaps. Enjoy the ride, the best adventure ever!

LOOKING FORWARD
Tabitah Claydon | Bath, UK | January 22, 2013

I'm reeling. I'm delighted that GBT is looking forward, and thrilled to welcome another generation of the Doonesbury family. As a friend of mine told me, upon the arrival of my first child, "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those with children, and those who are still children." Let's hope Alex finds parenthood a more transformative process than Rick. I can't wait to watch her being forged in the fire of twins!