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I hope you take the opportunity to showcase some of the real difficulties in academia for female scientists with children. How will Alex have the time to be part of a research team? What difficulties will she have being taken seriously by mentors? Future employers? What will she find she is giving up by deciding to have children so early in her career? There are many, many difficulties to explore.
I'm delighted to see the excitement over the next Doonesbury generation announcement. And laughing at the expectations for Mike, Joanie, Rick, and of course the happy couple. But I personally can't wait to see how Kim handles this. After all, she was such a wonderful baby.
Twins. Happiness for the parents? Happiness for the seven billion plus folks already overburdening the planet? GBT gave us a genius, a woman of great potential, but lacking common sense.
The news of twins ("an Army of Two") had real resonance with us. We were equally amazed when my son (Captain, Army intelligence, Fort Benning) and his wife discovered through ultrasound that she was having twin boys. Doonesbury has defined my life.
What convergence! In the 5-years-ago-today Flashback, Rick is unknowingly meeting his future grandson-in-law and father of his great grandchildren by marriage. I wonder if Rick recalled this encounter when introduced to Toggle/Leo by Alex a few years later.
I just want to reassure the concerned that PhD students, women who have children during their studies, can and do in fact complete their PhDs and have careers. I saw some of my fellow doctoral students do this.
As a mother of twins, I suggest that Alex and Leo take lots of pictures, as they won't remember the first two years. Also, enjoy intimacy during the pregnancy, as when both twins manage to fall asleep at the same time you will just pass out. And as the daughter of a one-eyed man, I suggest that the twins avoid standing, walking or approaching their father's blind side. If they do, they risk being bumped or knocked over.
It's so sad that Alex and Toggle's lives are already over because they never heard of birth control.
Twins! Oh Garry, what are you cooking up now? Please, please name the evil one Skippy!
Well this is an interesting development. But here's hoping Alex will have enough time to fulfill her potential for being one of the supergeniuses of the 21st century.
Pack your bags, Zonker! Those twins are going to need a nanny. A new generation to inspire...
Jackball son, zero pension, his career a fading memory -- and now poor Rick is soon going to be married to a great-grandmother. Egad.
Congratulations to Alex and Leo. Here's advice to them and all expectant parents of multiples -- go to the National Organization of Mothers of Twins website and find a club near you. There is nothing like the support you get from people who have been there.
Eeeeee! Yes-yes-yes! Mike's gonna be a Gramps! Twins! And Toggle's gonna be a Poppa! And Alex is gonna be a Mom! Eeeeee! (Grins and dances and hope this goes well for all of them.) Thanks, GBT. This is the sort of sweet payoff that makes decades of reading investment particularly rewarding.
Geez, this strip is getting to be like Gasoline Alley, only more politically incisive! Way to shake things up, GBT. It will be interesting to see Alex's handling of motherhood, considering how wonderful her own mom was...
Every time I see a strip with Alex growing up -- getting married and now becoming a mother -- I am glad to be able to go back to the archives and remember those joyful times when she was just an impish child. I wish I could do that with my own grown-up daughter.
As a father of twins I wondered if Doonesbury would be able to capture the joy and challenges of having twins, but a quick search shows that Trudeau is also a father of twins. Any apprehension is gone; I couldn't be more excited to see his take on the experience.
Twins. There go the next twenty years. This girl was a baby genius. She graduated from MIT. Whatever happened to grad school? Where's the PhD? The genius-level, hugely rewarding job? Grandma Joanie made it on her own, and ended up with everything. She inspired my generation. And Alex?
One of the terrific things about Doonesbury is that the characters age pretty much in real time, grow old, and die. I'm delighted for Alex and admire GBT for this development, but in all honesty I suddenly feel very old.
Twins! Far out! This is going to be as much fun as the wedding. Sniff... Our girl is going to be a hoot to watch.