Aack! Cathy comic strip ended Sunday...
The first time I "heard" the beloved comic strip character Cathy say "Aack,"
I laughed out loud to the alarm of my fellow mass transit passengers.
The funny, angst-filled Cathy comic strip ended on October 3rd after 34 years. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite's autobiographical cartoon diary reminded me daily that feeling ambivalent or stressed out is normal. Even the embarrassing meltdowns in Cathy's life made me laugh with her at the struggles we shared. If Cathy survived it, then so could I. Before Cathy, who knew our neuroses could be so funny? If Cathy struggled to find the perfect bathing suit for her body, then chances are women around the globe shared many of her same insecurities about body image as well as relationships and career.
Curious about how Cathy"s voice sounds? Watch this YouTube video about Cathy
Thank you, Cathy! Facing problem coworkers, smothering parents, or clueless guys will never seem so daunting because of you.
(Photos: The Cathy comic strips appeared in my favorite newspapers and were created by the talented Cathy Guisewite.)
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