Never having had the privilege of meeting Mr. Keane, I cannot speak from personal experience, but it seems to me that he loved his family so much that he couldn't hold it in - and that's why he created Family Circus.
He shared his love for his family with an eager audience who took delight and pleasure from his comics. Having grown up with The Family Circus, I always knew what to expect in terms of feeling good after reading his work. No matter what the topic, it usually resonated as something we kids did growing up. It also resonated in terms of the silly things our parents and grandparents would do and say in response to our antics. It's this type of humor that truly melts my heart. I was deeply saddened today when I read of Mr. Keane's passing.
I'll end this post with a heartfelt condolence to his family, the tight net circle that dared draw us close enough to smile and laugh together. Laughing together is the essence of true humor. Never did I read one Family Circus comic that stooped to laughing "at" someone - that is a gem in a world filled with ridicule and strife.
As I continue posting more on the subject of humor, laughter, and comics, you can bet that I'll be posting many more Family Circus comics because I think the world prefers to laugh wholeheartedly instead of nervously, and that's what Family Circus offered for over 50 years.
Below is "The Story of My LIfe" by Bil Keane...