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As a PhD engineer like Alex, I can say that the early days of motherhood wound up being pretty much the hardest thing I'd ever done. I love both my kids dearly, but figuring out how to get my firstborn to sleep was beyond me. As an introvert, the lack of personal time was almost worse than the lack of sleep. I think Alex's reactions are entirely natural and not an indicator about her staying power as a mother.
Why does it take a cartoonist to capture the absurdity of our national insistence that there is a "shortage" of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)-trained workers? There's no shortage of workers. There's a dearth of employers willing to hire the available workers at a reasonable wage.
Thanks for today's strip: "Don't you know anything?" Touché! Skewered the tendency by some members of the public to make hostile, bigoted, unreasonable statements.
Has GBT ever been tested for clairvoyance? Reading today's Flashback from 20 years ago just reinforces a pet theory of mine. I've long thought that prophecy has been alive and well throughout history. It's just that modern prophets are typically working artists; musicians, poets, filmmakers, authors, barstool pundits, and -- prima facie -- cartoonists.
Mia goes back to her life, while Alex is stuck in motherhood and Starbucks. And yet... I have this feeling that one day one of them will end up working for the other. Rescue story! Their paths are bound to cross again. Mia's just too strong a character to fade away.
Poor Alex! Someone needs to tell her; kids act out more with those with whom they feel safest! It's a compliment (albeit a little backhanded). How many moms have heard, "Oh, but your kids are angels with me!" It's because kids know they can "let it all hang out" with Mom and still be loved.
The hardest part of parenting is always the insecurity -- especially for the first-timers. Poor Alex, who already suffers from a distinct lack of decent mothering role models, is getting double-teamed by twins! Thank goodness Mia is so encouraging and supportive. Maybe a mother-figure for the mother in the making?
It's unsettling to see folks criticizing Alex's reactions to motherhood. As a father (and now a grandfather) I can see how much more stressful parenthood is for the mom, especially in today's culture of anxious parenthood. Alex is just being real, as she always has; she's one of my favorite characters in the strip. I love the sequences with her, Toggle, the twins, and Mia.
"Guys! Let's call it a night, Okay?" Hah! GBT is venturing into fantasy. If he actually pulled that off with his infants, then like Alex, I "hate" him too.
I hope that Sam has a safety valve, like Walden or Harvard.
Thanks so much for today's Daily Briefing link to the NYT Pete Seeger obit. He was my favourite folksinger. Doonesbury readers might also like to read this piece in The Telegraph: "Pete Seeger: Ten Great Songs."
And there's this, by performer, educator and author Stuart Stotts: "He was about singing together."
There's a big difference between a blunt and snappish response to baby screams at 2:00 am (probably for the third time since 1:00 am) and moving out on the kids!
Hats off to Alpha House, one of the brightest, most well-cast comedies on any platform. I really hope we see a Season Two.
It's a little scary to see Alex barking angrily at the twins. After all, she's got some serious family baggage to deal with already. Her mother (J.J.) abandoned her, and J.J. had been abandoned by her own mother, Joanie. Is Alex starting to play out a recurring role?
Ahh, I love it! Alex channels Ralph Kramden! Move it on over, Hunk-Ra, it's getting real nitty-gritty right now...
I just watched all of Alpha House in two days (I was off my game, it should have taken one) and I just wanted to say that it was fantastic. Live-action Doonesbury, in terms of humor and ridiculousness of situation! I hope we're goiing to get a Season 2.
To those who say Sam can't get to MIT, I say "Watch this space." She already has the eyes.
Re Alex and MIT: My rural California friends' high school son decided last week that he wants to go to Harvard. His mother's comment was, "Baby, I don't think you can get there from here."
Boopsie and menopause ? B.D. had better gird his loins. I can already feel the presence of Hunk Ra!
Best wishes to GBT and his family -- and not because of the Flashbacks, which are fun.