dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As we know, Elly never managed to disabuse herself of the notion that Mike's job is to take care of Lizzie for her. She's never going to admit that the worst possible person you could put in charge of (say) a three year old is a six-year old because even with all the good will and caring in the world, Mike didn't have the stamina, awareness, skills or authority to salvage the situation if it got really bad. Any hints otherwise and any anecdotal evidence that disproves Elly's philosophy would be waved aside because what happened to someone else couldn't possibly happen to her because she's a good parent.

The reason that I mention this is that now that we're in the middle years, it's getting even harder for Mike to actually do the job he actually shouldn't. Lizzie is large enough and fast enough and sufficiently articulate to subvert any attempts Mike might make to assert authority and he's complacent enough to assume that an older child would know better than to do things that would disturb him. The kid who understood that he had to keep an eye on her is being replaced by another improvident adult who lives and loves to tempt fate. Eventually, he'll howl Deanna's name because for reasons that elude him, his kids want him to look at them.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
It doesn't take much brainpower to have to realize that John and Elly's 'support' as regards homework consisted mostly of berating their children about how 'easy' something ineptly explained to them was. Always and ever, we had moronic asides about how the children had a bad study attitude because they didn't want to spend hours on end missing out on fun scribbling what looked like useless nonsense that would never do them any good to placate a surly grouch who mocks them and can't be pleased ever. If they wanted that, they could stay the Hell home and be berated by their folks.

What John and Elly fail to quite understand is that certain people in this world are a public service announcement against being something or doing something. Usually, they fail to understand that their default refusal to look as if they can enjoy things owing to the dim-witted misapprehension that to be taken seriously, they must never smile or laugh lest the children think them a joke means that their children make a point of avoiding things that they could all like because their moron parents have to look as if things they love are a grim slog that no one can enjoy. When this mental deficiency is projected outward, it results in their not quite getting that the kids make the connection between the subject matter being taught and the clodhopper teaching it and come away with the idea that learning geography will turn you into a high-strung and punitive freak like Blais or a surly lardass like Warren.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
The interesting thing about the upcoming week is not that we're introduced to Thelma's new love interest or that this is the last time we actually see Mrs B before Elly wonders why she didn't do more for an old lady who she didn't especially like or care about. The interesting thing is that yet again, Elly expected that The Quality Women would show up and lynch her stupid ass because Lizzie wanted to know what was going on around her and asked questions instead of doing what a nice child would do and being in a total fog where she didn't know anything and didn't care to know either because that way, her lack of curiosity or interest wouldn't cause trouble for her parents.

This fear of what people might say or think if the kids knew what was going on around them or knew things that made their folks upset or scared or embarrassed can best be formulated as follows:

Foob Fact Forty-Three: Given the Pattersons' exaggerated dread of public embarrassment, they seem to be at pains to suppress their children's curiosity so as to shield themselves from censure.

This need to keep the children from saying something that might make people who don't actually give a photon in a solar wind about what they say or think that it says anything at all about Elly's competence has an interesting side effect that the Pattersons aren't aware of. Said interesting bit of blowback is that we live in a world in which people ask themselves who exactly Elly thinks she's fooling when she acts like Lady Muck or what precisely does she think is going to happen if her children do things like ask someone to their face what's going on.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As you know, I came up with fake bios for the family that were more or less the nightmare fantasy Elly has tormented herself with since 1977. In said bios, she and John are destined to be forgotten and despised by children who will actually stand around looking gutted and wondering what it said about them that they didn't do all the nice stuff they're doing for their parents NOW when they were alive to appreciate it.

The reason why I did this is that for reasons that are probably silly, Elly and John are at pains to present an image of gravity at all times around their offsprings and small ones. I can count on the thumbs of one hand the times that the children have ever had a clue that Mom and Dad are capable of enjoying life because it's sort of obvious that the paranoid twits they call parents think that if the children see them laugh, they can't ever be taken seriously ever again.

As I said before the last time I talked about this, the end result is that Mike, Liz and April spent entirely too long thinking that grown-ups have the ability to enjoy life surgically removed and wish to delay the inevitable end result of yearning for sweet, sweet death like John and Elly do. Given that John and Elly are too stupid to understand that their endless negativity is why their kids do this because they are poor at understanding how they look to other people and they're raising their kids to be as dumb as crap too, we can look forward to an indeterminate future in which the Elly of 2020 wonders why her grandchildren ask her why Mike and Liz were born boring, awful and forty.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
To continue this look at what Elly is doing wrong here, let's remind ourselves that Elly hasn't the vaguest idea of what Molly actually wants. She isn't looking for advice, she isn't looking for guidance, she isn't looking to be told that she should move on and she definitely isn't looking for a comment on how some old lady failed math. What she's looking for is for someone to agree that for reasons beyond her control, her life has been totally upset and that it sucks that it happened. Her father isn't around when she wants to have her feelings acknowledged and the woman he married is distinctly unsympathetic to her plight so she's looking for someone to vent to and she ain't getting it.

The reason, sadly, is that she lives in a world that fears and hates a moody teen-ager who wants to be told that her life isn't all sunshine and rainbows and unicorn farts. From whining ass-bucket John making that hateful and stupid comment about problem hair to that ignorant pinhead Eva Warzone checking April's expiry date, it's sort of obvious that we live in a world hostile to the idea of people getting things off their chest and getting catharsis. The idea should be that a child should bury feelings of confusion, loss and alienation to make things easier for the adults causing the problem for a very stupid reason: the child must serve as an emotional crutch to stupid old people who see their blessed lives as a bleak hell-world because other people have free will.

Well, there's that and they're stupid enough to not understand that children aren't chaos-loving monsters who want to ruin them. After all, you can't read John's arch and moronic comments about not knowing that he'd raised a princess without telling yourself "Holy Shit! This stupid sack of bastard thinks that the kid wants to laugh at her brother and his family as they freeze to death instead of wanting to be told that things will work out for her!" Someone who'd pull a chair out from under a child because he automatically assumed that she cussed out her idiot mother simply isn't capable of seeing a child any other way because he's an authoritarian muttonhead who needs his arse kicked for him.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As you know, I like to think that the real reason Elly never bothered barring the gate in the back yard is that for reasons I'm about to get into, she assumed that if she were to do so, April would yell and cry and pout forever and ever and ever. While it's true that most children's moods come and go and that April would soon forget about being able to Houdini out of the gate and find some other way to annoy her parents, it's futile to explain this to Elly because an external force had led her to believe that someone docile and suggestible like Lizzie or someone mildly bratty like April would howl and moan and pout and scream and be angry for days and days and days.

This is because said external force left Elly somewhat traumatized and destroyed her common sense owing to its outrageous behaviour. Since Elly has a little bit of PTSD, she won't really back up most punishments because she fears the return of a nightmare scenario: a child screaming his fool head off for years and taking for-Goddamned-ever to admit to himself that life isn't a plot to ruin him.

That's right. The external force I'm talking about is human garbage who thinks that verbal effluent like "And the living buried the dead" is the apex of wit. Had Mike not been such a vindictive, small-minded, short-sighted and moody cretin, Elly would have had the confidence to handle a moody child. What this means is that everyone has had it wrong for twenty one years and counting. It wasn't April's naughtiness and disobedience that killed Farley. It wasn't everyone else's being asleep at the switch that did it. No. The person ultimately responsible for the disaster was miles away hanging with Josef Weeder. Simply put, Michael killed Farley because he made Elly a worse parent than she would have otherwise been.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
One thing you'll notice about the Pattersons is that they're really unable to cope with Mike when he becomes the antagonistic teenaged jerk he's going to be two years from now. This is sort of odd given that the Michael of right God-damned now also thinks that he's in a penitentiary run by uncool dorks who don't like him and want to boss him around when he knows that he can decide for himself what to do with his time. This false belief in his competence and their trying to keep the stupid twit from getting himself murdered infuriates him and makes him ask why they don't trust him and force him to do busywork and all the other annoying things he makes too big a deal of.

What seems to be the problem is not that Mike is an angry moron who wants to be treated like a grown-up despite still being rock stupid, immature, oblivious, narcissistic and piss-poor at knowing what's good for him because that's always been and is always going to be his problem. What seems to be the problem is that as Mike gets older, it's getting harder for John to successfully overreact brainlessly to mild slights and just feed into Mike's imbecile rage. A Mike who could run off and make a go of life is a worse son than one who can't because they can't have someone to blow up at for nothing.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As you know, it's been nine years since the organized ugliness we called the Housening. Nine years since Mike arrogated the house to himself because accepting help from Mira or not horribly inconveniencing everyone else by being a spoiled brat about things was too much like being an adult to sit well. Nine years since Liz acted like a dog in a manger in her own damned right. Nine years since Elly bitched and hollered because her lack of firmness backfired on her. Above all, it's been nine years since it was tacitly agreed on that April wasn't actually a frightened, heartsick little girl who felt that the world had turned to quicksand. Since taking the time to address and allay her concerns was a Hell of a lot like work and might tend to make everyone feel bad about their horrible antics, they took their cue from a bystander ignorant of what was going on around him and agreed that she was simply being a princess.

The problem is, of course, that said ignorant idiot happened to be her biological father. Oh, sure, he finally after the fact admitted that yeah, children have feelings and yeah, they might just have been a trifle less than fair or nice to her but, chee, kids are resilient so it's not as if he had to learn from the mess his blindness had made or to apologize or, worst of all, finally get to know who the people around him actually are and what they actually want out of life. It seems to me that he learned the wrong lesson from the way his family was back in the day; given how literal-minded, uncurious and just plain dumb he is, he assumed that since Will was too exhausted by his back-breaking labour to do anything but wade in when Carrie was overwhelmed that being a remote figure that can only say no is what a father is. The idea of engaging with his family except when it's amusing is, to a dope like him who can't think, The Way Things Are. He might think that he's got it made and had a happy life but his need to cower behind his paper because he's too stupid to do anything else has cheated him out of too damned much. I'd feel pity for him if he weren't such a smug, stupid and self-absorbed asshole.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
Every so often, it occurs to me that John and Elly witlessly sabotage any attempt at instilling civility in their teaming get by making the kids associate gracious behaviour with being punished. Just as how Elly's endless wailing about how doing housework is the worst thing ever has made slobs of her kids and just as how her endless lectures about proper eating habits have given birth to Pattersnarfing, it occurs to me that the inevitable result of her and John making a thankless chore of being polite and appreciative is why Mike, Liz and April don't know how to behave like civilized people.

As by way of example, let's take a look at that harmless and pleasant little common-place called the thank-you letter. Even in these days of cheap long-distance and instant messaging so that we can be thanked for our efforts at near-relativistic velocities, it's a sort of nice little touch to have someone take the time and effort to sit down and write a little note to thank us. The problem at the Pattermanse is, as always, the fact that the kids have the worst possible teachers. If we don't have John making a lot of noise about how To Do Things Right only to reveal that he palms it off on Elly, we have to contend with Elly wanting to make them grateful about things that they aren't especially grateful for. Just as putting things in closets is seen as an unproductive waste of time owing to Elly's fussy perfectionism and default refusal to think of her children as anything other than ungrateful burdens, taking the time to brighten someone's day is seen as a pointless effort owing to John and Elly's hypocrisy and unearned superiority. Good thing for the two of them that at some point, Mike and Liz become desperate for their approval; this means that they can sit back and whine that it took long enough for them to thank Mommy and Daddy for letting them eat their food.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As we know, Connie is going to move back with her trophy husband in a few months' time so she can drink coffee with Elly, complain about children and be generally a woman with very odd priorities. To do so means that we must first free up some space for her. Lynn accomplishes this by having Mrs Baird decide to sell her home, move to a pastel antechamber to the mortuary and eventually allow the Pattersons give vent to mawkish false profundities about how brief life is.

In the process, she once again proves how little she really understands children by having Mike and Lizzie try to derail the move because of a love of stability that kids really don't have. While it's reasonable to assume that they might miss the kindly old lady and resent having Mommy's screechy, angry friend barge on in and act like they don't matter worth anything like always, it's hard to get behind watching them get all elegiac about how the neighborhood is changing. For some reason, the resiliency John and Elly rely on fails when real estate is involved because no one seemed to see fit to tell the kids that a house is just a box where they put a home in. This comes back to haunt them when, having failed to teach it to April, they're surprised that she thinks that the world is coming to an end.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
To be fair to Mike, it's sort of easy to see where his fear and hatred of math came from: a teacher who whooped and hollered at him like a big, stupid idiot because he counted on his fingers. What this taught him is that numbers are unfair and wrong and bad and stooped because he wasn't immediately good at math and didn't like situations where he was made to look foolish. As the years went on, basic arithmetic congealed into his brain as this horrible obstacle that no one could be good at. What didn't help was a mother who told him flat-out that he'd made his homework into this big horrible thing that he'd let pile up because he was afraid only to have it become really impossible.

This is because she's not really practicing what she preaches because her great big impossible job is ironing clothes. While John sees it as being a wonderfully simple task that he doesn't have to devote much brain power to, Elly was brought up believing that ironing was this horrible chore that was next to do properly owing to her mother's stupid refusal to understand that her child sincerely believed that if what she did is not quite right, she's not worth feeding. Marian's block-headed inability to admit that encouraging words wouldn't destroy her child left us a paranoid mess raising paranoid messes who overreact to the least bit of disappointment.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As I said yesterday, Mike seems to have seen having to sign a lease as being something akin to signing away his immortal soul. Liz also seemed to be averse to having sign a legal agreement for much the same reason. It seems odd that alleged adults living in the same world you and I live in would be so skittish about having it nailed down good and solid what their rights and responsibilities are but the baffling behaviour becomes clearer when you consider their background as the children of boomer nitwits who don't like being told what to do either.

After all, it doesn't take a genius to realize that John's pious harrumphing about the 'waste' of a legal system that takes time to make decisions instead of being sensible, efficient and railroading people based on stereotypes he's too stupid and craven to question clearly indicates that he wanted to get his own home free and clear because he wanted to do what he wanted to his dwelling space without some bossy outsider telling him no merely because he happened to own the building. With a stupid, solipsistic child-man squealing about the horror of having to consider other people's needs in their corner, it's no wonder Mike and Liz are stupid about contract law.

As for Elly and her fear of consequences that inconvenience her, she's no help either. This is a woman who expected that if she spoke sincerely enough, Farley would obey her because the alternative is that she was a subpar pet owner witlessly screwing up her dog. This is a woman who thought that six-month old children who barely registered the fact that they themselves existed had a complex agenda to ruin her because the alternative is that there was nothing she could do. This is a woman who realized that having to live her dream means having to deal with boring stuff too. Having to deal with contract law means that she has to deal with bad things if she doesn't pull her weight despite having the best of intentions. She's going to make a stupid joke about how lease and leash sound alike for a reason and leave the world idiot children who can't cope with reality.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
One of the things we touch on very briefly in the coming weeks is that Richard isn't exactly overjoyed to no longer be the youngest. If he were anything more than a chaotic bit player that shows us the violence inherent in raising children Papist, he'd probably be a one-note character who isn't reacting the way his parents want him to to the new addition. In short, he'd be blond Mike. This is probably because most of the people in the strip assume that they don't actually have to reassure the old kid that they won't be forgotten because of the new one. As John's reaction to Lizzie's panicky dread that she'll just be shuffled aside like Mike seems to have been indicates, the adults have no idea in their heads that the way they act makes the children feel as if they're no longer loved.

The problem is that people like John and Elly insist that children are resilient because it's easier for them to have resilient kids than to have ones that have feelings that can get hurt. As his stupid comments about Liz having to go away if she can't hide the pain tell us, they won't live in a world where they have to do damage control when it's obvious that children don't realize that they're still loved because that would imply that Mommy and Daddy have a severe case of head-up-the-arse. They lavish all the attention on the new child, they tell the older ones to suck it up because they're just being dramatic because they're not doing anything wrong and they wring their hands because for some reason that cannot be their own stupidity, the kids don't like one another. Eventually, they harrumph that it took long enough for the kids to come around when their adult children compare notes and realize that Mommy and Daddy were stupid people doing the best with the tiny little brains they were born with. This is called having a happy family.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
One of the few things we actually do know for sure about Elly's past is why it is that the Richards family was so late adopting television and fitting in with the neighbors. It would seem that despite having anything like talent or an active interest in updating his routine, Jim was too in love with being THE entertainer in his family to notice or care that his kids seemed to want to fit in with the crowd. I've met the type and know the wounded pride that's on display when the needs of his offsprings to avoid being mauled by the popular kids for just plain not knowing what's on television collide with his need to be a big shot. The way he sees it, they'll get over being embarrassed because he's the father.

The problem is that this habit of mind that assumes that filial piety requires a child to stand around getting picked on while Mommy stages the stupidest protest EVER results The same Elly who used to wonder why they were the last on the block to get a television grew up thinking that Mike's wanting to fit in is a bad thing because she survived and also he owes her since she and John pay for everything anyway. The need of children to simply get through a scary day where it looks like everything is trying to destroy them is discounted mostly because cement-headed adults like Jim and Elly confuse their no longer feeling that way with feeling that way no longer existing.

Since Mike has Jim's broken chromosomes and is thus another blithering idiot who's too dumb to feel empathy, it's sort of obvious that The Delicate Genius is pulling the same stunt as we speak because he can't break the cycle of assuming that conforming is bad for children and great for grown-ups. It doesn't matter one bit that Meredith claims that some person who isn't part of the family is making her life a living, seething Hell because of what he does. Some kid isn't the boss of him and no one picks on kids any longer so Meredith will just have to ignore the vitriol on her Facebook wall if she has any love for her father.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
The very interesting thing about the upcoming Saturday strip in which John winds up with a full-blown case of existential horror because Lizzie claims to know more than he does because his panicky dread that he was never in command of a situation in which his domination is complete and ever-lasting makes him suddenly picture a world in which he's supposed to meekly admit that he can no longer keep up with his docile, slug-like children.

This is because we're dealing with a situation in which we're dealing with Lizzie, having listened to Daddy's silly, cartoon-like explanation, quotes what Teacher says in a very serious tone of voice because she's sort of too tiny to realize that Daddy is simply messing with her and thus seeks to correct him because she doesn't know better. Since John and Elly started out AND ended the strip not understanding how children think, we're dealing with a situation that has him being filled with despair and horror when the appropriate response is either a bemused smirk or a rueful chuckle about kids say the darnedest things. You and I see a five year old not quite understanding that she's not as well-informed as she believes herself to be; Panicky Nitwit John's flight-or-fight instincts have been advocated because he wants to believe in monsters.

Oh, he certainly does dress up his fear by making a different sort of panicky noise about how extra-bad people are going to take advantage of the children when they get out into the real world and think that they know more than they actually do but his and Elly's soiling their Depends about the dangerous information that on the Internet that the Government should censor because it's the State's job to raise the kids tells us, what he fears and distrusts are the children he created because, as I said, he lives in fear of a bogeyman patched together not in Doctor Frankenstein's lab but in a television news outlet's conference room: the teenaged superpredator. Why else do he and Elly call the teens "THEM" as if they're fleeing from a cicada the size of the USS Missouri?
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
The interesting thing about the recent strip in which super-fragile Elly thinks it's the end of the world because John doesn't say please when asking for the instruments he needs remind us of a very interesting fact: the Pattersons actually do seem to use the word in a reasonable facsimile of when they should. They may never thank people or apologize but they do actually spend the time saying please.

That being said, Mike and the kids use the word when it might be somewhat less than appropriate. As history teaches us, there are an awful lot of strips that have Michael (and to a lesser extent, Lizzie and April) ask a rage-faced Elly not to pleeeeeeeeeeeease turn down a very reasonable request. This works not at all because she needs to keep the kids from running over her and becoming the boss of her and keeping her from living her life and all the other panicky, stupid and petty excuses she uses to justify why she'd rather look cruel and unfair than weak. She sees a horrible child trying to run the house and keep her down. We see an angry idiot tormenting a child for a discreditable and laughable reason. I tend to prefer our take on events.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
One of the odder things that we see in the transition to the Middle Years is that we're shown that Michael usually tries to behave better for neighbours or teachers than he does for Elly. To random strangers who don't pay his allowance, he's a wonderful, kind and helpful boy; to her, he's a disrespectful, malingering slob who doesn't have the same good work ethic she, John and Phil do.

The problem is that, well, she doesn't set the good example she thinks she does. It seems to me that Michael only does the amount of work for people that they themselves are willing to put into it. Given that Mrs Baird and his teacher actually do the things they say they're going to do, it seems fair to Michael to do as much for them as they're willing to do. In his parents' and uncle's case, he sees people who talk a good game about struggling through adversity but, well, FACTS prove otherwise.

For starters, we've got John and his constantly wanting to duck hard work by palming his honey-do list on a kid who simply can't shoulder a grown man's job no matter how tired that grown man might be and who also can't read that grown man's mind. It seems somewhat less than right to slave away from someone stupid and cruel who expects more than is possible.

Second, we've got Phil who stands around preaching about how Mike can't give up just when things are tough only to turn around and chew up a china coffee mug because Baby is getting weaned and he doesn't like itquitting smoking is sort of a bother. Granted, Michael would never actually say "But, Uncle Phil....why do you expect me to stay the course when you bleat 'I need a SMOOOOOOKE' like a junkie on a PSA the second you feel insecure?" but, well, his subconscious mind rebels at slaving away for a hypocrite.

Speaking of people who have limited self-awareness, his primary care-giver is the real reason he doesn't give us much as he can. He sees Elly do everything she can to duck chores that irk her, he sees her collapse into a shrieking, blubbering ball of failure the second things don't go exactly her away AND he sees her quit in despair because hard work is boring and doesn't produce immediate results so he isn't going to give someone who won't help herself help she won't acknowledge anyway.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As we've all seen, Lynn seems to have a zero-tolerance policy for real people behaviour. She clearly expected Rod and Aaron to get along much better than you'd expect a step-dad and a child who was supposed to 'adjust' too damned quickly were supposed to, she seems to have expected him to not be jealous of Katie, she super seems to have expected children to be grinning little dummies who sat all day long in glass cases staring out into space because 'everyone' knows that kids aren't supposed to move, think or speak except if an adult wills it so it's sort of obvious that most of the tension in her life comes from the fact that an answer that never satisfied her when she was given it must be the beginning, middle and end when she used it.

This is because we're dealing with the fact that most of the parents in the strip boil over in rage about their evil, rebellious monster children who are out of control because the answer "because I said so" isn't enough of one. Granted, we are dealing with stupid people who do think that the only reason children do ANYTHING is to cruelly and selfishly torment the parents they hate (owing to said parents being boomer imbeciles who scream like the spoiled five-year olds they're always gonna be) in the first place; what compounds the problem is when Mean Old Mommy and Daddy show their lack of faith by saying cruel and mean things like "Hey, Elly! You pitched a fit when we said that so how come you do it?", the only rational response is to bleat "But that's different!!" because of the whole being a smug and hypocritical nitwit thing wilted flower children like Elly and Connie are rocking. Given that Elly and John raised their children to be as stupid, materialistic, self-absorbed and hateful as they are, we can look forward to a future in which Meredith and the others have nowhere to turn for relief from appeals to shame or authority.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
As we know, Jim spends a great deal of his time engaging in pointless busywork because he's trying to decompress from having to retire. Like a lot of men his age, he finds the enforced idleness involved to be less a liberation from dull care and more a sort of prison sentence where he's not allowed to contribute to the world. To that end, he decided at one point to test the insulation in the attic and proceeded to kick a large hole through the ceiling of Lizzie's room. His reaction to being told that these things happen so there's no need for the sort of angry recrimination he was expecting was to tell a baffled Marian that people should be as angry at him as he is.

The reason that I mention this is that we sort of get an echo of this when Elly demanded that John boil over with rage about a minor car accident so she can finally feel better about things. What this tells me is that both Jim and Elly have the underlying expectation that any sort of mild inconvenience is going to result in a major blow-out and are baffled and confused by silence, forgiveness and understanding. Oh, they like the latter two just like everyone else. They just want to earn them by having to endure chaos and uproar and hurt feelings like they're 'supposed' to.
dreadedcandiru2: (Snarky Candiru2)
Of course, all the silence will actually make Elly do is look back on her past and realize that she finally won. This is because Mike and Liz are finally starting to realize that children indeed fight over nothing at all just to make life worse for their poor, put-upon parents. The reason that this reassures her is that it allows her to go merrily on not admitting that merely because she no longer has to deal with the concerns of childhood, said concerns have been abolished forever.

The problem with this is that the same woman whose resentment of her brother Phil flares up at any instance in which he seems to being shown favoritism because of his gender sees no logical disconnection between insisting that yes, she has every right to be bitterly angry about things that happened when she was a child and denying that the reason that the reason that he and Liz are just now acting like siblings are supposed to is that somewhere inside of Michael is the four year old boy yelling "HEY!!! LOOK AT ME AND NOT THE BABY!!!! I CAN DO STUFF AND SHE CAN'T!!!!!" and moaning about how Lizzie 'tricked' people into praising her for nothing that we first saw back in the late seventies.

Since she doesn't seem to want to admit that childhood fears and hatreds linger because it contradicts her sentimental belief that she's somehow an anomaly in that her own childhood was not the carefree romp in which bad times were fleeting that she needs to believe childhood to be, Elly can never really understand why her children took until they were grown up to get along because she denies the existence of the primary reason. Well, there's that and the fear she shares with her evolutionary replacement Val Stone that her children will be as terrible as she believes she was. More on that tomorrow.

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