Feb. 17th, 2017

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While this current arc might look as if it's the last one in which Mike's career in peewee hockey might be important, the fact is that the last big hockey arc doesn't even feature him hitting the ice. This is because his having the attribute of hockey player is used as fodder for an arc in which Elly can't say no to a call to public action because of an overweening need to impress people. Between then and now, though, there is one strip that shines a harsh light on a mother who does something she'd rather not do accidentally revealing what she really thinks of having to be there for her kids.

Said strip has Elly cheerfully tell a vaguely disappointed Michael that the reason she's looking forward to that night's game is that it's the last one of the season. Mike likes the idea of playing hockey and he'd like it if she liked it too because it would mean that she liked him too but she's not smart or nice enough a person to see this. All she can do is play that stupid zero-sum game that makes his interests an attack on her person and remind him of this every chance she can. The end result is a person who makes a lot of noise about being physically present but misses the point of being there.

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