Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.
All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we've tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right.
I never thought Cathy would get married in the comic strip. And I also thought I would never get married.
Do we absolutely, absolutely know this is true?
When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.
My mother had always taught me to write about my feelings instead of sharing really personal things with others, so I spent many evenings writing in my diary, eating everything in the kitchen and waiting for Mr. Wrong to call.
A lot of married people certainly have wonderful relationships with their dogs, but when you're single and your dog is the only other living thing in your house, it's a really special relationship which I wanted CATHY to have.
Imagine my surprise when, after a lifetime of teaching me to keep personal things to myself, Mom insisted my drawings were the start of a comic strip for millions of people to enjoy.
The specific story line that people have responded to the most has been the horror of bathing suit shopping.
Every time I get something under control in my own life, the world provides more material.
I had such a close relationship with my dog, and my dog so filled the need in my life to have children that I just wanted Cathy to have that experience.
I'm lucky that my real-life Mom has both a great sense of humor about herself and an amazing ability to slip into complete denial if the subject matter gets a little too close to home.
The biggest change in my life is that I now have to apologize for being thin.
The relationship between Cathy and Mom in the strip is the one relationship drawn from real life that I have proudly never even tried to disguise.
The specifics of Cathy?s and my life are different now, but the basic life challenges are exactly the same.