This Week in Milford

August 6, 2022

A Dear Gil Letter

Growing up, there was a fair amount of country music in the teenchy household, much of it of the honky-tonk variety. Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Johnny Cash, No-Show Jones, Fats Domino, to name a few – all staples. Lots o’ tearjerkers about mamas, babies, and trains, kinda like Steve Goodman and David Allan Coe’s perfect country and western song. One that particularly struck a chord was Jean Shepard’s first hit with Ferlin Husky, “A Dear John Letter,” written during the Korean War. Take a moment to soak this one in before reading on.

Mimi’s not leaving Gil for his brother (does he even have a brother?) and maybe not for good, but she is leaving for a while. Taking the kids back to see Grandma Clover, where they’ve been staying for the last thirteen-and-a-half years. Hey, they had to be somewhere, amirite?

I’m having a hard time getting my head around the idea that Mimi and the kids aren’t as important to Gil as his wall full of participation awards. The kids, yeah, I get that, but I’m not getting how they’re more important to Mimi than to Gil. Not getting how coaching is more important to Gil than to Mimi either, for that matter. Doesn’t she also coach three sports at Milford? Do her teams generally suck more than his such that she spends less time prepping for the playdowns? Is it that she doesn’t have a female equivalent of Kaz to hang out with in the showers weight room and get sweaty with?

If you’re gonna retcon, you should at least retcon with consistent character traits. We’re not quite a month into the new regime so that may still be in the works. Meanwhile we’ve got a cliffhanger in the form of who might be calling Gil on his Nintendo Switch. Bethany the bartender? Ms. Holmes the pilot? Sweaty Kaz? Sodden Marty Moon? Talk amongst yourselves.


  1. Thems yer family, Gil. Go gets ‘em! You turd!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 6, 2022 @ 7:46 pm

  2. We honestly didnt play music in our house unless it was the holidays, then it was Polish music on the record player or tape player. We had a radio in the kitchen and it was usually tuned to Wally Phillips on WGN. Us kids had our own radios, and record players, and we played rock and roll for the most part in our rooms. We also had a tape deck in the basement on which we played 8-track tapes. Country was never appealing to me; I recall carpooling with another kid to grade school for a few years whose mom always played a country music station on her car radio, which I couldnt stand. Good thing it was a short trip,.
    I do like a few country songs like Rhinestone Cowboy and John Denver songs and the odd Toby Keith song. But I never liked how long the songs were and how sad they were. And the most time I spend in the car listening to country is when Im going camping and driving to a remote location and the stations fade out and the smaller ones come in– most of em out in the sticks are country. So be it. And I’ll listen to Ring of Fire any day.

    Comment by robmize2013 — August 6, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

  3. It’s probably just Mimi, even though she thinks Gil don’t GAF about her. Like you said yesterday, Mimi sure got some balls getting offended when she herself coaches three or more sports every year.

    Comment by franku2016 — August 6, 2022 @ 8:35 pm

  4. I think I only started seriously reading GT about 2005 or so, thanks to the Comics Curmudgeon. So I don’t know much about the newly rediscovered kids, outside of their annual cameos in Xmas cards. The daughter in the car with the ear buds yesterday looked African American, was that accurate or just artistic shadowing? If the former, was she adopted? Enquiring minds want to know.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 6, 2022 @ 9:07 pm

  5. No, she’s not adopted. That’s just the colorist doing random stuff as usual. She’ll probably look different next time!

    Comment by MopMan — August 7, 2022 @ 5:44 am

  6. I bet when Gil heard that buzzing noise, he thought for just a second that Mimi was actually home

    Comment by franku2016 — August 7, 2022 @ 4:53 pm

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