Jun. 18th, 2017

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One of the things that I've noticed is that the Patterson family do not travel well with children. The idea seems to be that children can only accompany them if it will be 'good' for them with 'goodness' being defined in a rather self-serving manner that seeks to impress upon John and Elly's teeming get that they ARE selfish and entitled monster children who are cruel and bad and way out of line because they do not grovel and beg forgiveness every damned day for selfishly insisting on wanting to be clothed, housed and fed without doing anything in return. This is why I make that churlish comment about how John reacts to stories of children working in factories by being enraged at his own children for their lack of initiative. Also, children had to be reminded that they're heartless monsters who hate their family because they keep pointing out that they don't know these old people, never went to some place that went out of business years before they were born and weren't alive when things everyone should know about took place. 

The hidden (and ultimately parent-beneficial) side effect of this habit of being wrenched from home at random and being forced into the company of that bearded asshole Danny, his carping shrew of a daughter and John's endless array of hayseed relatives who look down on Liz for wanting to talk about things she's actually experienced is to put it in her head that Things Far Away from the Pattermanse are a threat to her really. This dovetails nicely with John and Elly's horror that she and Mike might move more than two hours drive from where they live and thus force them to be put-upon supplicants cruelly commanded to deviate from a routine that's so damned boring, they ain't gonna notice when they die. It's not just the need to finally get John and Elly to finally admit something that they aren't able to concede that drove her foolish and self-defeating campaign to make Paul move South if he REALLY loved her. We also have to consider the fact that only when she's somewhere 'safe' and 'familiar' can she be safe from The Looming Shape Of Imbecile Malice. The sad thing about this is that watching her lose her country boy because she wanted something worthless is that we know that the same fear of abandonment means that eventually, April will lose hers too.

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