In a recent interview I was asked if I got a lot of material from my children. As I told the interviewer, I tend to compartmentalize cartooning and being a dad. Each requires pretty much my full concentration, so there’s very little overlap, but the above cartoon is a rare exception.
My wife and I were weathering a rough patch potty training my son and we were devouring every book, article, and old wives’ tale on the subject. I found a lot of material on training children very young and the benefits thereof.
Being a worrier, I began to wonder if I’d started too late. Soon all sorts of late-start horrors began to stew in my head, and it wasn’t long before the cartoon part of my brain began to look for over-the-top scenarios on the flip side. What might he have accomplished if we’d started much earlier? Had I robbed him of some great destiny?!
It all worked out, of course, and this cartoon was an unexpected bonus.
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About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.