(Strip Number 846, Original Publication Date, 4 May 1985)
Panel 1: A panicked Mike reminds John that he forgot all about Mother's Day and asks if he has to spend all his allowance getting her a gift. John says no but it's a very loaded no.
Panel 2: The reason is that he tells Mike that he can either spend his money selfishly on himself (as opposed to, say, doing something nice for her OR making something nice that won't cost him a dime)...
Panel 3: OR do something nice for someone who does a lot of nice things for him.
Panel 4: He then leaves the decision up to Mike. Given that the decision is "Either sacrifice EVERYTHING to us or be a bad child we can't love," Mike has to expose himself to the bullying of Brad Luggsworth because his parents think that the world owes them a living.
Summary: Not only has the entitled dick forced an impossible choice on the boy for a silly and self-serving reason, he's set in motion the chain of events that would lead Mike to get guilted into buying crap for EVERYONE on Valentine's Day 2007 just to prove that he's acceptable company. He can't help it because it's been drilled into him that to be a loyal son requires sacrificing on other people's behalf without expecting credit for it at all. It would be one thing if they thanked him sincerely but the underlying context of any gratitude is that it took people long enough.