Grumpy, old, crotchety Maxine cartoon wins hearts as John Wagner mocks every lady
Don't you just love her?
You yank a greeting card from its envelope and her bespeckled eyes see straight into your soul. Who is this woman, this woman of pursed lips and bag lady dress? It's the ever popular Maxine, of course!
I perused the card stack at my local Safeway last week, searching for a card that might bring a smile to my twenty-something nephew's worn face and what made me laugh? Maxine talking about family values, i.e., "Anyone for family values doesn't know my family!"
I opened my email yesterday, rife with political emails. In the midst of the heap was a forward from my buddy in New Jersey. It was Maxine admonishing me, "Shh, that's the sound of nobody caring what you think!"
She even has personal check designs, i.e., "I tried paying my bills with a smile. They wanted money" and "Money talks to me. It says 'so long, sucker!'"
Maxine makes me laugh because there is no pretension in her aura. She is who she is and, like the best of comedians, she attacks me where I live. I can't help burst into chortles when her outrageous statements hit close to home.
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It's not menopause... I'm just like this!
I was shopping for my mother's birthday card and came upon this gift book, copyrighted by Hallmark in 2003: It's Not Menopause... I'm just like this. Maxine's Guide to Aging Disgracefully. Inside this book, she claims, "Books (are) a nice change from reading prescription labels."
She made me feel much better about my recurring memory loss: "Forgetfulness means you can watch a movie over and over again as if you'd never seen it before."
And Maxine expresses a positive twist to the current economic crisis: "At my age, checks are the only things I've got that bounce."
I had to purchase this book, although I'm not sure it will make it into the hands of my 81 year old mother. I am not sure I can live without the dear laughs I get when I read, "Maybe being our age isn't so bad. And maybe cake doesn't have calories. Maybe gray hair is in. Maybe all size 5's are unhappy on the inside."
I figure I need someone with this perspective as I step onto the final pathway of my life. Isn't laughter the final frontier?
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John Wagner created her for Shoebox
John Wagner modeled the crabby old lady after his mom, grandmother and unmarried aunts.
Wouldn't you love to be the inspiration for such a crotchety creation?
Soon, Maxine took over the strip, making penetrating, yet hysterical remarks about pretty much everything.
And now, she is an irreverent legend.
Life is too short to dance with ugly men!
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© 2008 Barbara
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