I’ve often thought, that the way children rebel, is always in the way most antithetical to their parents. If a child tried to rebel against me by listening to metal, I would not be bothered in the least. Even if I didn’t enjoy the music, I could look back and remember feeling that way, I could identify with their rebellion, thus rendering it no rebellion at all. But say a child rebelled against me by taking a 4 year long vow of silence. I would be beside myself with frustration, totally unable to understand their motivations. I would absolutely not know what to do. Kiti does this to Mint. Not the silence, but, Kiti’s absolute glee regarding her haircut is endlessly funny to me. Poor Mint. All she wants is for her daughter to look like a darling little girly-girl. Kiti, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with her mother’s traditional views on fashion. Kiti wants to wear blue glitter on her toenails and ride a jet-pack to the moon.
This strip is, in some ways, an homage to a short story by my father. In fact, when I first posted this strip, he called me up to remind me of his story and read the entire thing to me over the phone. I had forgotten about it, but the story must have lurked, somewhere in my subconscious.