One of my favorite memories is of my family reading the funny papers on Sunday mornings or afternoons, if we went to church. I’m sure mama and daddy read the funnies in the daily paper, but they were in black and white. Though I was a compulsive reader, I wasn’t much into reading the paper or black and white funnies. Besides, I read books of my choice during the week.
The fun of arguing over the large pages made us laugh. My short arms made me awkward with the huge papers, but I was the big sister. My parents usually got first choices. They weren’t happy if we grabbed the funnies section first and left it messy. That meant I had to read “Mark Trails”, “Phantom” , & “Dick Tracy” first while I waited for the good pages. “Dick Tracy” seemed so impossible. Funny thing, since today people watch television and take photos with their cell phones and even wear those cell phones on their wrists. Daddy loved “Snuffy Smith”.I can still see Daddy laughing so had he shook. I didn’t always get it, but Daddy said Snuffy reminded him of people he knew.
After a while I became one of the women the phantom loved, so I liked it better. I stared at the kisses, imagining being the woman! I reread the comics with kisses! Mark was boring. I could imagine NO romance for him. Mama and daddy sat on the couch or in rocking chairs, but I sprawled on the floor with my younger brother and sister beside me. I’d list more comics, but I suspect some of you have favorites you can mention.
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