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Well, I guess I am the proverbial Death's Head at the feast because I hate this whole wedding. It's been well drawn and all, I just think this marriage is going to blow up in both Leo and Alex's faces, especially Alex's. I am as feminist as they come, but you don't ask a guy to marry you, and you certainly don't all but rope and hog-tie him the way Alex did. I think Leo loves her and has bought into the marriage idea, but he's really riding along in her wake. He has no real skin in the game, almost, because she's so busy trying to control everything so she won't get an answer she won't like.
I also shudder at the fact that this 20-something young woman, who is the heir to all that Second Wave feminists fought and suffered for, only wants to get married. How screwed is that? Sure, real gender equality is about choice, and if that's her choice then it's valid for that reason. But, good grief, it's like putting a scoop of cottage cheese and two celery sticks on your plate when there's a whole banquet in front of you. You can do it, but it's sad. I really don't see what the two have in common or what they see in each other. For Alex's part, I think she's just scared she won't get another chance, so she's using Leo in a way. The girl is a mess of insecurity and she should have worked that out before marrying anyone.
Well (deep breath), having gotten all that off my chest, I do like the way GBT approached the strips. Yes, probably every dad goes through seeing that his little girl isn't little anymore. And I love that Leo's rock star father seems to have been tracked down and invited to the wedding. That was funny.
Thank you so much for a fulfilling series of strips surrounding the wedding of 2012. It renewed my faith that beautiful things still exist. It brought back memories of many wonderful days at Walden, and touched my heart like the sweet smell of spring flowers on an early morning.
I feel it too -- the sweep of the rushing current pulling us toward the climax of this glorious alternate world so many of us inhabit.
God, do I feel old!
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."
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.
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.
GBT, you continue to hit home with every pen stroke -- keep it up. BACHELOR, there's still time! I have a friend...
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.)
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?
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.
Today I've nothing pithy, nothing snarky to say, just thanks. Beautiful wedding, beautiful reminder that life goes on.
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.
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.
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.