Saturday, June 11, 2011

Love Is

Do you remember this comic strip from the 70s? I did a little research online and found that it is still in syndication. The creator of the column, Kim Groves, died in 1997 but the cartoon has been taken over by her son.

When I was in high school, a group of us would stop in the library after lunch to read the cartoon in the paper. We would sigh, clasp our hands to our bosoms and utter a collective "Aaawwww" every single day. Occasionally, the need to capture the moment included tearing the column out of the paper. We would stage an elaborate production of distracting the librarian, Mrs. Rosa, (who we strongly suspected had something other than coffee in her thermos) either by chatting her up or asking her to retrieve a past issue of an obscure publication from the area of the library known as the "stacks."

The reason for this bit of nostalgia is the sweet relationship I see developing between Maddie and Zoey, Zac and Amber's dogs. Zoey worships Maddie and wants to be just like her. Maddie is gentle, nurturing and patient (most of the time). They are my daily source of Love Is

Here is the original comic strip

And here is the Zoey and Maddie version

of a need and a want being brought together

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