In April 1987, Elizabeth started begging for pierced ears. Elly declined…
Yes, yes they can. Here’s a brilliant idea. Why don’t you specify what kind of problems so she’ll at least know what she’s risking, namely infections, bleeding, and painful lumps.
Chillax, Lizard Breath. If you’re screaming like that, then no, you probably aren’t mature enough for pierced ears.
Cons: Lizzie wiping her nose on her sleeve on panel two. “Don’t wipe your snot on your sleeve,” any normal parent would say. “Use a tissue.” My father carries a white cotton hankie in his pocket. He was always willing to let us use it when the need arose.
Pros: The joke and the punch line. Credit where credit is due, that’s funny. Not Pearls funny, but funny.
You should be making this decision based on whether or not you believe she can handle it, not whether or not everybody else is doing it. And your arm looks awful, in both panels.
Bwuh? What, did he answer between panels? I’m going to assume he did. And why don’t they count? By the way, the Cabbage Patch Craze happened in 1983, four years earlier. A little late to the party, eh Lynn?
Next we have Paula, a sort of proto Candace who was Elizabeth’s friend until Lizzie befriended Melody Morrison. Here she is, antagonizing her.
Ouch, that sucks. Also, “Quit showing off!” would be better, not “Quit teasing!”
Or you could comprise with clip on earrings. Seriously though, Lizzie only wants the earrings because Paula is tormenting her. Can’t you sit down and have a talk about peer pressure and how to handle Paula’s behavior?
Well that was stupid. You’re in public! Pull yourself together! Your behavior is embarrassing and unnecessary.
So the real reason Elly didn’t want Lizzie to get her ears pierced was not because she didn’t want her to succumb to peer pressure or because she thought she couldn’t handle the responsibility, but because Elly wanted to keep Lizzie an infant. Why am I not surprised?
Kinda makes you wish that you had explained that to her BEFORE the piercing. And isn’t she the one who’s supposed to be doing the cleaning? You did make her promise to take care of them, not that you clarified what that meant.
I think this calls for another “Bwuh?” Nylons? What’s the big deal with nylons? No really, I’m clueless. I don’t wear them because they’re a pain to get on and they rip so easily. And don’t worry your mousy brown head, Final Panel Elly. Teenage Lizard Breath will be as squeaky clean as Maria Von Trapp. Except for that purple hair thing. But that was an accident.
So now we’ve switched from “nylons” to “stockings.” I remember wearing white opaque stockings to church as a little girl, so again, I’m not sure what the big deal is. And sure, NOW you won’t give into peer pressure, Elly.
In conclusion, I give this arc a resounding…“Meh.” I don’t hate it. It’s not great, but it’s not horrendous. Like the Kortney storyline a few weeks ago, the real issue (That Lizzie is facing peer pressure for the first time and doesn’t know how to handle it) is completely ignored. I actually agree that getting earrings is a decision best made when older (Not that I had a choice.), but Elly doesn’t want her to wait because it’s better, but because she wants to keep her little “Nizzy” forever. Yeah, I get it. Moms love their babies and sometimes have trouble accept that they’re growing up. But bawling in the middle of the piercing salon isn’t going to make her regress. It just makes you look foolish.
By the way, complications from pierced ears can happen at any age. My sister got hers done for her thirteenth birthday and she wound up with a painful infection. I got my ears done when I was three months old, but thanks to a nickel allergy, I didn’t wear earrings for most of my life. Red, swollen, itchy lobes aren’t worth it. Then in my adulthood I discovered allergen free earrings. The sun broke through the clouds, the heavenly choir sang, and then I got two more piercings.