(Strip Number 6119, Original Publication Date, 20 November 1983)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly and Lizzie arriving at the daycare centre. Lizzie rushes out of the car and says "Bye-bye, Mom!!"
Panel 2: As Lizzie runs to the front door, Elly tells her to wait for Mommy.
Panel 3: When Lizzie says that she wants to open the door herself, Elly tells her that it's heavy.
Panel 4: She then counters Lizzie's telling her that she wants to go inside by herself by asking if she knows the way.
Panel 5: When Lizzie tells her that she doesn't want Elly to come wif her, Elly reminds her that she has a hard time with her buttons.
Panel 6: The daycare worker tells Elly to try to let go.
Panel 7: Elly says that she is letting go.
Panel 8: As she walks to her car so she can be filled with despair (because this world where Lizzie doesn't need a mother any longer fills her with despair), she tells herself that she's just doing it slowly.
Summary: My guess is that most of why Lizzie was so timid a child is that she picked up on Elly's apprehension. Granted, Lynn and Kool-Aid Nation will tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about because I don't have a child but it seems to me that every single time Lizzie looked at Elly and saw Mommy stare in horror whenever she got too far away, it started to occur to her that since Mommy was clearly scared of everything, she should be filled with fear too.