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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't think I've ever been moved by a comic strip before. Today's literally made me cry. It was so sweet and touching.
Today's strip made me cry. I've been dreading my kids' wedding days since I brought them home from the hospital. (Still crying...)
I'm a Republican operative, disagree with many policy views GBT espouses (though chuckling), and have never posted on here. But I needed to come on and say thank you for the wedding in general and today's strip in particular. Having read over 30 years worth of the these characters (meanwhile having four kids of my own, daughters are nine and four), this was as good a glimpse as any artistic medium has given me at what awaits me someday when my Becky and Katie are married.
Today's strip is so true. You see a little girl pretending to be a bride and then poof! She is one. One second she's playing with a doll, and then poof! It's not a toy, it's your grandchild.
"You go play." Three words Mike will never say to his daughter again...How heartbreaking!
Poor Mike! In his mind, it is literally his little girl who is getting married. Our children grow up so quickly. But he can hold his head high -- he has been a stand-up dad.
Okay. Now you've got me crying. My "boys" are 30 and 22, but sometimes when I look at them, I see what Mike sees.
My father was exactly like this at my wedding. It was difficult to find a photo of him smiling.
I was trying last night to work out what that lovely image in Sunday's strip -- Mike sitting stunned on the Walden porch -- reminded me of. And then I remembered: it reminded me of B.D., also stunned on the porch, during the fall of Saigon in 1975. How many of these characters have experienced the highs and lows of life sitting in this spot? What a truly remarkable life achievement this strip is; no classic 19th century novel can beat it for narrative and character.
Toggle's expression in the second panel of today's strip exactly captures how I felt when I first saw my bride on our wedding day last August. Thank you.