What does Sandy see in Swampy?

What does Sandy see in Swampy?

Joined: September 10th, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 6th, 2017, 4:12 am #1

Taking the comic "seriously" as I like to do, I have thought about Swampy and Sandy, and why they're together.

"-He's a nice guy, treats her right, and makes her hit E above high C with just his tongue?"-Doc Nickel.

Well, that would pretty much cover it, but there IS more. There's 2 sides to the "what do they see in each other" equation.

One- what does Swampy see in Sandy, and two- what does Sandy see in Swampy. If there aren't sufficient answers to both in a relationship, it's not going to "go the distance", at least not and be a HEALTHY relationship.

What does Swampy see in Sandy? She's good-looking, she's nice, and she's organized. (He could use some organizing.) That's what we can see- and we're not really privy to all the little details.

What does Sandy see in Swampy? He actually IS a nice guy who treats her right. But let's dig a little deeper. Sandy is really organized and really straight-laced. In their relationship, she seems to realize that she could USE a little chaos and disorganization to keep her life from stagnating. Also, watch out for the quiet ones. You never really know what's going on in their lives. They just don't tell you what's going on. (I'm reminded of my own marriage and what boring people we appear to be to the unobservant.) Sandy really hides a wild side. We know Sandy's got a piercing, and not in a spot you'd probably guess. (Swampy pointed out Pirta had a matching one when she was painting, and got his face painted for looking. ("Totally worth it." Yeah, we would have said the same, Swampy.) We also know that Swampy keeps just grabbing Sandy for TLC- and she's consenting to spontaneous fun each time, whether in the broom closet, or whatever. She was certainly consenting to the unfinished basement room with the electric "candles" Swampy set up.

So, Swampy is comfortable with Sandy's public and private sides- and she's pretty private about that private side! And he adds fun and flavor to her life. And he treats her right. So, she puts up with some of his comments here and there- and he puts up with things from her, also, that cuts both ways.

So, I think I've been slowly surprised to see how well they mesh.
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Joined: February 17th, 2017, 2:34 pm

November 6th, 2017, 2:45 pm #2

My probably sexist observation (based maybe on too many webcomics and not real life (confirmed bachelor here)) is that most women would give up some/all of that for somebody with a steady paycheck (I assume Swampy doesn't have one; again, I'm a fairly new reader)).

Said paycheck is especially useful when (generally not if) they have kids so she can say home with them...

But maybe Sandy's the exception to the rule and is willing to be the breadwinner and never have kids...
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

November 6th, 2017, 3:08 pm #3

That women can't be a breadwinner and have children. These days, it's normal for mothers to work full-time outside the house, even when their husbands have full-time jobs. Plus, there are a lot of single mothers with full-time jobs.

There are also women who have a full-time job, kids and a husband who doesn't have a job. (Because of the economy, not because they're lazy. Although there is some of that, too.) There's also such a thing as a stay-at-home dad. (One's right across the street from me.)

BTW, marrying a man just because he has a steady income is not a good idea. It happens, yeah, but I can't see Sandy going that route.
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Joined: January 4th, 2015, 12:41 pm

November 6th, 2017, 3:43 pm #4

. . . remember that Sandy's a college student. She's planning on having a career, and Jake's income is likely irrelevant to that.

Besides, who's to say she wants kids? Not all women do.
"Vox populi, vox humbug!"
- William Tecumseh Sherman
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Joined: June 12th, 2015, 2:59 pm

November 6th, 2017, 5:20 pm #5


Sandy isn't dumb--Swampy is 'Rumored to be the heir to the Higginbotham Spatula Family Fortune'!!.

I bet the rumor is: no one can be as lazy as Swampy without a good bank account in the background.

If Sandy sticks with him, she'll never have to buy a spatula as long as she lives.
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

November 6th, 2017, 5:30 pm #6

Plus he almost had a heart attack one April when he realized that he hadn't done his taxes.

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Joined: January 20th, 2016, 3:38 pm

November 6th, 2017, 5:37 pm #7

Rich people usually do pay taxes. Usually.
Knowledge is not as simple as having the right answers. Knowledge is a way of finding them.
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

November 6th, 2017, 6:33 pm #8

Sandy isn't dumb--Swampy is 'Rumored to be the heir to the Higginbotham Spatula Family Fortune'!!.

I bet the rumor is: no one can be as lazy as Swampy without a good bank account in the background.

If Sandy sticks with him, she'll never have to buy a spatula as long as she lives.
"no one can be as lazy as Swampy without a good bank account in the background."

You never met my brother-in-law. (Although he did have a wife who worked her butt off to support him and the kids.)

If it ain't broke, I'll fix it!
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Joined: January 4th, 2015, 12:41 pm

November 6th, 2017, 6:44 pm #9

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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

November 8th, 2017, 4:53 am #10

"no one can be as lazy as Swampy without a good bank account in the background."

You never met my brother-in-law. (Although he did have a wife who worked her butt off to support him and the kids.)
I knew another woman who supported her lazy husband
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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