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OW!
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | February 07, 2016

Re: Delaying kids. Ow! My head hurts. Signed: The nail.

GETTING WORRIED
Angie | Nova, VA | February 07, 2016

Oh dear... Between today's nostalgia for a future that never happened and the strip where Kim walked out when Mike paid more attention to his smart phone than he did to her, I'm getting worried. Please don't let this be foreshadowing!

KIM'S CLOCK
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | February 07, 2016

It is amazing how poignant GBT can be. These are just cartoon characters for gawd's sake, but I felt so sad as the last frame of today's strip rolled into view. Why on earth didn't Kim address this earlier? They've been together for 20 years now. I fear the worst for their relationship. Kim's clock is ticking.

TOUCHING
Cyrus B. | San Diego, CA | February 07, 2016

Thank you for letting Kim share her sense of loss with us. For those of us who never got our dream of having kids of our own, this strip was dearly touching.

ANYTHING
K. Snook | Alberta, CANADA | February 07, 2016

Oh please please please give Kim and Mike babies! You're the author, you can make anything happen!

COMMUNITY
Gina | Lovettsville, VA | February 07, 2016

What a great online community this is. I only wish we could "like" the comments in Blowback, and reply to them a la Facebook style. Thanks, as ever, for inspiring and connecting us.   :-)

SAD
James H. | Fairfax, VA | February 07, 2016

I chuckled for a minute after reading today's strip. Then I looked at it again, and I felt a bit sad. I wonder if Kim has wanted children of her own all these years, if she ever told Mike she wanted them to have kids, and, if she did, why it hasn't happened. If Doonesbury were publishing daily perhaps GBT would be exploring this storyline in-depth.

POIGNANT
Patti H. | Rome, NY | February 07, 2016

Oh dear. With the 20-years-ago Flashback strip bringing us to the first meeting of Mike and Kim, today's "too late to fantasize about the future" is just too poignant!

PREGNANCY
Tom | San Francisco, CA | February 07, 2016

I wondered what became of the "pregnancy" story arc. At 40-something and 60-something (by my reckoning), biological children (who would be younger than their own nephews) might not be in the cards for Kim and Mike. But it's never too late (or too soon) to be a foster grandparent, a Big Brother / Big Sister, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children, or to foster a refugee child. As the children's story goes, "There's always room for one more!"

ZONKER MOVES!
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | February 05, 2016

"Have you ever looked at your hands, like really looked at your hands?" Have you ever looked at the strip after intently looking at Today's Mudline? Zonker moves!

CLICK ON 'ENLARGE'
Linda | Gainesville, FL | February 04, 2016

I wish you would use bigger type for the wording in your comic strip. I am 60, and can no longer read your daily strip, because type is too small. I can read other comic strips without problem. I believe many of your followers are like me and have been reading your comic strip for years, and now we are aging and need larger type. Thank you.

Editor's Note:

 Good news! Go to our home page -- Doonesbury.Washingtonpost.com -- and click on the red word ENLARGE, which appears just below the final panel of the strip. A considerably larger version of the strip will then pop up for your reading pleasure. Just click on the larger image to revert to the smaller one.

THE "DUMP"
Rick Gordon | Highland Mills, NY | February 02, 2016

I find it more than ironic that the "dump" B.D. exclaims it's time Mike moved out of, is the same home in which B.D. and his family currently reside.

NIEBLINGS
Perle O. | Baton Rouge, LA | February 02, 2016

I admit, I found myself resorting to the "donation in your name" for my nieblings, whose tastes in actual gifts I can no longer keep up with. I picked Kiva, the microloan charity, which reflected their volunteer interests. They get to pick which needy people to loan their gift donation to, and when it gets paid back, they will get to loan the same money over and over again, selecting the person each time.

SELF-AGGRANDIZING
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 01, 2016

I was pleased to see GBT plugging the "quaint" custom of old-school thank-you cards, right along with forgetting what Aunt Mary's gift actually was. I can't help but wonder which of his relatives (or friends) so polishes his halo. Another custom worthy of skewering is the annual self-aggrandizing "Christmas newsletter."

DONATION CARDS
Bobfaser@hotmail.com | Hobart, AUSTRALIS | February 01, 2016

I wish to defend the use of charity donation cards as presents for Christmas (or other occasions). They work particularly nicely when combined with other smaller gifts. A $30 charity card plus a $5 lottery ticket plus either a CD/DVD/decent bottle of wine, makes a nice and substantial gift for many discerning adults. (And, besides, the smiling goat on the gift card gives a distinctive touch to the collection of various seasonal cards.)

PUZZLED
Michael Mowle | Rochester Hills, MI | January 31, 2016

I'm not sure how to take today's strip. My family made the decision long ago to forgo the ludicrous consumerism that tarnishes the season and instead make charitable contributions for one another. (Except for the kids too young to understand). I, for one, think it is a beautiful thing and am puzzled by what appears to be a stand for consumerism, debt, and a lot of things I didn't think GBT stood for.

TODAY'S STRIP
Neal | Concord, NH | January 31, 2016

I think the point of today's strip isn't that someone who makes a donation to a charity in lieu of a physical gift is bad, but that someone who makes a single (presumably tax deductible) donation to a charity of his choice, rather than the choice of the recipient, then takes credit for it among his friends and family, is probably doing it for less than altruistic reasons.

AUNT MARY
Allison Warfel | Gettysburg, PA | January 31, 2016

"Aunt Mary?" I wonder if Mike's brother Ben got hitched while we weren't looking.

PUZZLES ME
Roberta Lyman | Raleigh, NC | January 31, 2016

Today's strip puzzles me. I wonder if Mr. Trudeau is suggesting that the person contributing to a charity in someone else's name is selfish, while the person who resents not receiving a physical gift instead is virtuous. Or this may be one of those Miss Manners things: It's better to be politely traditional than kind.

SARANAC
Steve Carlic | Syracuse, NHY | January 29, 2016

I thought Doonesbury readers might find this interesting; an article about GBT's contributions to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.