Samuel enjoys the theatre and had parts in many high school plays. We travelled to New England to see his performances when he was in high school. I say all of this to point out that he is quite entertaining to be around. Every day he reads the comics to us! Can we read? Of course--but his readings are quite entertaining to us.
The comics always lead to conversations about many things. We discuss workplace drama after he reads Dilbert for instance. After reading Pickles he often jokes that is this like Boo (Me) or like Bear (Grayden)--If you read Pickles it is about an elderly couple and their interface with each other and family members. Today's story arc led to interesting thoughts.
Earl, the old man in the comic, apparently was being admonished by his wife Opal. Their daughter, Sylvia told her mother that her father had never said he loves her. This led to quite an interesting conversation about that. In our family we tell each other we love them quite frequently. It's a natural way to end calls or bedtime goodnights.
I understand that many folks don't do this. Of course, words can mean nothing if not backed by true feelings. Do you tell your loved ones that you love them?