Chapel’s dialogue here is inspired by my own grandmother, Mary Jo Capps, who is probably the most amazing 89-year-old you’ll ever meet. She lives in McMinnville, Oregon, so I don’t see her very often, but she recounts her adventures over Skype with my dad and she has a fuller social schedule than my own mom and dad combined.
Mary Jo belongs to the Daughters of the American Revolution, a garden club, a local theater organization, and to top it all off, a secret society known only “P.E.O.” She was a Girl Scout leader and a Campfire Girl when she was young! Once, when I bought a locked, vintage suitcase at the thrift store without the key (for the intrigue, of course), Mary Jo came to the rescue. She asked her extensive web of contacts if any of them had that specific kind of key for a 1950’s suitcase, and lo and behold, one of them did! I received the suitcase key in an envelope in the mail a week later, with a note to save the stamp for Mary Jo’s work with Veterans. Plus, the last time she visited, she did archery for the first time since 1940 and got a bulls-eye.
Check out that hot pink rotary phone that Chapel’s using in this strip. What other comics has this phone appeared in? Leave your guesses in the comments below. And feel free to tell me about your own grandparents! Answers next week!