I didn't remember that last panel there... oh no. I mean I know it's for the joke but...
This calls for a ~gentle reminder~: Your first time having sex DOES NOT have to hurt. For example, one's hymen doesn't have to break/tear during that time, if penetrative sex is what's happening. It's very probable it has already been worn down due to other activities before (horseback riding, wearing tampons, etc), and if it's intact, penetrative sex doesn't have to break it if gentle enough (or so I've heard, don't hesitate to do your own research on this!) There's also the fact that any rough sex can hurt, hymen or not, especially if lack of foreplay or lube. But let's not perpetuate the myth that a first time for a lady has to be through suffering, all right? It gives too much of an excuse for some people to have their way without listening to their partner(s) and disregard their pain as if it was a normal thing.
Now that that part's over with: let's talk a bit about the first strip!
This strip really pinned down some of my own outlook on life back then, and even now! Though there can be some rough days where the magic of the world is forgotten and replaced with thoughts of many many problems of the world (especially these days), me and Roomie still believe life remains beautiful. And that feeling the joy of living is one of the best damn feelings in the world, and that it surrounds us wherever we go.
And let's not forget the last panel, which is also a big part of our little philosophy: humor and being able to genuinely laugh at oneself.
Not mock ourselves, not gleefully taking pleasure in our pain, but having an amused and loving laugh at our own mistakes. As if seeing your child, or a pet, comically falling on their butt and it makes you laugh, before you go on and hug them with a loving smile and reassuring words that everything's okay.
I've always believed we needed more of that laugh, and the hug that follows.
--> This is a rerun of the finished webcomic Go Get a Roomie! You can find these two strips in the old archive >here<!