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  1. My guess is it’s a commentary on the stress a parent goes through getting their kids through high school and college. I was confused at first because I thought her daughter was graduating college at age 15, like she’s a child genius or something.

  2. My interpretation is that this is just a modern variant of the (likely apocryphal) Mark Twain’s joke on how at 14, he considered his father an ignorant fool, but at 21 he was astonished at how much his father had learned in seven short years.

    Mom just wants to be in suspended animation until her daughter gets through the “I know everything” high drama years

  3. Probably not getting through high school and college, but getting through the teen age/young adult drama years. At 15, she probably is already causing a spin as seen by mom’s semi-panic. A philosophic comic of recent notoriety called them the brain damaged years and noted that we should be able to send them off to an island and then reclaim them later.

  4. When a child is nearing adulthood and the resultant separation, this is a very stressful period (more in some families than in others) This woman would like to skip over the entire process.

    BUT, when you have yourself frozen, you’re kind of at the mercy of other people about when (or possibly if) you’ll be defrosted. Maybe you’ll wake up when you expect, and your savings will have grown with compound interest to make you very wealthy when you arise. Then again, maybe you’ll wake up to find that the recently thawed are considered second- or third-class citizens, or are to be used for parts. Yikes. Better double-check the fine print about when you’ll be defrosted.

  5. ” . . . but getting through the teen age/young adult drama years.”

    Nature created this phase so that the children’s leaving home will be easier to take. That’s what I’ve heard/read, anyway. I know nothing about this aspect of life, but it makes sense to me. Same concept as ‘b*bies are so cute that you forget the nine months of discomfort and then the pain they caused you whilst coming into the world.’ It must work ’cause many women have more than one.

    And dogs were bred to be b*by-eyed and nose-flattened as puppies so you’ll 1) fall in love with them; and 2) forgive them their ‘accidents’. If I’d ever had a puppy, I know it’d’ve worked for me.

  6. And a non-dystopian SF novel to bring in here might be Heinlein’s “The Door into Summer” which uses cryogenic suspension in tandem with experimental time travel to allow a couple to even out their ages enough to make their romance non-scandalous. It also features his projection of the start of a robotics industry. And a feline sidekick.

  7. You know, as a woman who has frozen feet no matter the weather, I didn’t really take that in as anything but ‘normal’. It’s what I’d do.

  8. ‘“And a feline sidekick.”
    Dang . . . you had me ’til that last line.’

    In case it makes a difference, it’s a real cat, not gene-modified or anthropomorphic.

  9. @ Andréa – Pete was no ordinary cat. He travelled in Dan‘s satchel, liked to drink ginger ale, and got taken along on the frozen sleep trip into the future.

  10. Well, in the olden days, say, the 18th century, at least the oldest son tended to live home permanently with his own family. Other sons might do so also – all with their spouses, children, etc. unless their father had enough (real) properties for other sons. Daughters would go and live with their husbands in their in-laws home. (each daughter one husband, unless there was a tragedy). The oldest son would be inheriting the house and so would continue to live there. If there was no other (real) property the other sons would live there with their families until they managed to get themselves settled in doing something.

    If the husband did not own (real) property, then it would be even harder for the sons to own same and move out and would take longer.

  11. Having gotten two daughters through college, I understand this comic perfectly.
    When I went to the junior high orientation when my oldest was about to graduate 6th grade, the principal told the parents that we were in for some interesting times. So the mother has probably already had a few years of kid woes.

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