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Mom Revisited

May 15, 2015

I think I ended up getting more responses from readers about my Mother’s Day blog than for anything else I’ve written or drawn. Maybe I should do a comic strip about mothers. I have a feeling it would do very well.

Here are some of the things readers said:

Miriam:

Another wonderful Sleeper Ave. Obviously I was never a little boy…and I’ve never had much visual imagination…so I’m happy to see the world through your eyes (and I particularly like the eye-stalks on your benevolent aliens).

Walt:

Beautiful, Ed, just Beautiful. Made me think of my Mom, and how much she meant to me.

Harry:

I sat here this morning and read your tribute to your mom . . . and I wept.

I miss my mom so very much.  She died in 2000 and she lived a life so similar to your mother’s.

I watched her hit the glass ceiling and her frustrating fight against a tyrant in a small town school system in CT, a fight that she lost in the public arena and won in the hearts of those around her.

I saw her frustrations in life and I saw her persevere through them all.

She died from emphysema (which she hid from everyone that knew her) and saw little of her grandchildren due to our military lifestyle and her health, but she talked with us by phone many times a week and I could always seek her counsel.

She was the strength in our family as my dad struggled so much to make a life for us.

I thank you so much for your articles.

Beverly:

That was great to read, didn’t know much about your mom, but she sounds very typical of women in that era.

Adonna:

Your tribute to your mom was absolutely beautiful and described a loving mother to a tee. I’m so very lucky to still have my mother (age 88) and father (age 91),= with me, and I do believe you’ve made me appreciate all my mother did for my brother and me so much more. Thank you, Ed.

Donald:

Very beautiful, Ed, and written brilliantly.

Thanks for all of your responses, and I’m glad you enjoyed the blog.

Finally, Larry had this to say about the last Sleeper Ave. story, “Lights in the Sky.”

Remember the ending of one of those ubiquitous space alien movies, where Richard Carlson declares, “Keep watching the skies!”?  I remember sitting on the back of a bus to a day camp outing where we were trading notes on the latest version of a “creature feature,” asking questions that revealed how formulaic those movies truly were:

1) what gave rise to the creature? 2) what were its main features? 3) how did they get rid of it? (or did they? since sequels were always a possibility…).  Yet they always seemed to have two legs and two eyes unless they were dinosaur-like giants, like “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.”  Even Godzilla was both dinosaur and biped.  Or there were robots, who could be used for good or evil…

(Klaatu barada nikto)

Only later did I realize that these films, even (or especially) the ones without makeup, led by “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” were just paranoid projections of our fears, especially of Communists, who might “infiltrate” our communities or even our very bodies without our knowing about them–until it was TOO LATE!  And remember the images we had of the naive scientists who could unleash destruction like A-bombs yet still felt that they could communicate with the aliens (al la “Close Encounters” by a later Spielberg) or learn about them and from them about “superior science,” which was all we wanted in those days anyway, in competition with the Russkies.

Keep the comments coming. And if you haven’t already, sign up to receive every story and blog post automatically (it’s free). And tell your friends about Sleeper Ave.

Thanks–Ed