Jan. 23rd, 2017

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As we know, Elly seems to have spent most of the strip's history trying to get people to take her seriously and regard her concerns as legitimate and worthy of attention and respect. From the dawn era in which John assumed that she just sat around all day eating bon-bons and watching soaps to the end times when Mike still didn't quite see what she did for him, Elly yearned to have what she said not be treated like so much horse buns.

The reason that I mention this is that she seemed to have gone out of her way to avoid taking her children seriously because doing so would lead to the downfall of Western civilisation. When we look at the Picky-Face Martian Princess Creature, we see an unhappy little girl who people dread having to listen to lest some ill-defined disaster in which she rides roughshod over everyone because she's too ignorant and selfish to care about 'real' things ruin things for everyone else. They see the monster who wants Mike and his family to die in a gutter because the alternative is realizing that her feelings actually matter to her.

The reason that this is not a shock to me is that I remember the way everyone acted as if Molly Thomas wanted Bad Things For Everyone because she wouldn't admit that Connie had every right to throw her weight around and treat her like a shitheel who needed her attitude adjusted because her demeaning comments, refusal to take her seriously and screaming to the crazy woman next door she just HAD to move next to came from a place of (self-)love. Five bucks says that the scrawny old loon still thinks that she wasn't a sordid joke.


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