I didn't consciously realize it when writing Strip 7 (Home Page), but seeing the comic in its completed form made it fairly obvious that deep down I am unhappy with with my family's current relationship dynamic. We don't hate each other, and no one has done anything malicious, but we are certainly not as close as we could be.
I suppose that its only natural for families to drift apart over the years as disappointments pile up, but it shouldn't be this way. Why are we so quick to penalize the ones who we are supposed to love the most for their shortcomings or what they don't have? We should instead be championing their strengths and recognizing them for who they are as people. This destructive pattern needs to change, and I need to try and change it.
So hopefully, I can start by forgiving the faults in my family, and perhaps more importantly, they can start forgiving the faults in me. I guess what I'm trying to say is, the next time I see my brother, that 3-second hug is going to be replaced by a 5-second one (if you know what I mean).
It's the motion in the ocean,
M. Allen (writer)