Oh well, dad could use the exercise.
My guess is that Brad and Toni are doing what many, many family members do, helping out with child care for a working parent. Jonah’s job has odd hours and puts him on the road. He’s also a single father. In the case of a more conventional job situation I used to work in a library system where a number workers had their older parents do full time child care of the workers’ children because they couldn’t afford that level of paid child care.
No, but all things considered I think she should leave all the scheduling to him for all the good talking to him is doing.
I remember Loni Anderson talking about the fact that she got breast reduction surgery because she wanted men to look her in the face when they were having a conversation.
But then the only strips about Brad and Toni would be about child care, either that of the baby or of Shannon.
While I agree with you about the comparative interest level about talking about scheduling or imagining more pleasant images, and I appreciate you acknowledging gay female readers, speaking as one of the latter my attitude towards Toni is different from those of the hetero male readers. Yes, I see she’s good looking but it’s in such a classic male fantasy cartoon mode that I’ve mentioned that she looks like something a teenage boy doodled in class. (Also women tend to know what other women look like without clothes so it’s less of a novelty fantasy even for lesbians.) I’ve gotten impatient in Brad and Toni’s post marriage years that the writers have pretty much stopped developing or exploring her previously pretty interesting character. Her purpose has been reduced to ersatz parent for Shannon and trophy wife for Brad which is actually pretty boring. I used to think in the early days of their relationship, when Luann was more of the center character, that once Brad married Toni she would become an older sister figure for Luann, which never wound up happening.
It’s called male fantasy fulfillment. It’s a very common unlikely couple combination in film and TV. I remember even watching a small film about a British Pakistani family and wondering how that schlubby guy managed to marry a woman who looked like a beauty queen. It was a situation never referred to once in the plot line.
This does seem to reflect male readers’ sole interest in Toni.
So Brad really is like all those other guys who Toni dated. I remember her saying to him that she appreciated that he didn’t just fixate on her looks.
Since they were both equally culpable I have no sympathy for her. That’s like forgiving the bank robber who was left behind when the getaway car took off because those other guys were so mean. Anyway, both characters have moved on and grown up more or less.