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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith for June 10, 2015
Why'd you do it, dad? Why'd you make me lose at science fair? I didn't. What?! Remember when I said I bought you bad instruments on purpose? Yeah? And remember when I told you I'd brought in genius kids from China to compete with you? Y-yeah? And remember how I said I had a magic talisman that made science fair judges hate you? Yeah... Son... I didn't do any of those things! The failure was in you! It was in you all along!
This reminds me of a Jules Feiffer cartoon I clipped in the 1960s and had for many years. A young boy is imagining how he will change into an adult, and his thoughts become darker panel by panel, and in his mind as an adult he is failing in career and marriage and secretly wishing his son had never been born. He cries out and his mother asks what’s wrong. The boy says he “was playing Life and scared myself.” This must be that boy all grown up.