(Strip Number 4405, Original Publication Date, 21 January 1994)
Panel 1: We start things off with a smiling Elly mixing up some cookies and thought-bubbling that she feels wonderful today.
Panel 2: As she gets ready to put them in the oven, she tells herself "Let other people have their woes and worries...this is my day to howl!!"
Panel 3: This is what we call "tempting fate"; that's because Mike comes in talking about how Lizzie spilled a bottle of varnish in the hall carpet.
Panel 4: Elly's response is to howl in rage.
Summmary: Had this been reprinted, it would have no doubt been accompanied by a note about how we women end up losing a lot of time chasing after offsprings. Since it's not, let me treat you to MY notes:
DreadedCandiru2's Notes: While it is true that most parents do feel as if their backs are against the wall from time to time, it's also true that most parents do something the Pattersons never seem to do and take something called a "precaution" once in a while. As an example, what were Elly and John doing leaving an open can of varnish just lying around where a child could accidentally spill it? And why is it Lizzie's fault that a can her parents stupidly left in the hallway gets spilled?