(Strip Number 549, Original Publication Date, 13 February 1984)
Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Michael signing his name on all the Valentine's cards he's supposed to give his classmates. Elly marvels at all of them, holds up the fanciest looking one of the lot and asks who it's for.
Panel 2: She smiles behind her hand as Mike blanks out for a second before saying "I dunno...somebody, I guess. Haven't figured out who...just....somebody." owing to her probably thinking that it's for her.
Panel 3: He watches her leave the room without really realizing that the big smile on her face means that she thinks that she guilted him into getting her a nice card.
Panel 4: His writing "For Deanna" on the card thus means that once again, Elly's 'hard work', 'caring' and 'sacrifice' has gone unrewarded.
Summary: karisu_sama is right to assume that "sweet little gesture" equates to "poor, put-upon Elly." I wonder if the notes will reflect that by having Lynn regret disappointing thin-skinned egomaniac idiot Dad again.