Panel 2: If it’s on sale, it’s got to be good. This explains so much about Elly’s wardrobe. It is nice to know that John is as a sloppy an eater as April.
Panel 3: It’s a good thing John has that cleft in his chin, or he would be difficult to tell apart from Elly in this panel. Elly pitches the moral platitude for this strip: “It makes sense to plan for your future.” It is difficult to argue with that statement, although it makes me fear what is coming for Friday and Saturday to complete this story arc.
Friday: John and Elly visit a funeral home to select caskets. Elly wants the bargain casket, but John prefers the casket that won’t make him look like he is not cool to the teenage boys. He invites Gerald and Duncan to come over and take a spin in his casket. Surprisingly, they come, along with Eva and April. Eva compares caskets to cowboys in boot hill, and Gerald and Duncan talk about how they wished they could have a casket like John’s. When John offers to try out Elly’s casket, she humphs that he will just get it dirty.
Saturday: John and Elly go to the Chapel Hill Cemetery to pick out their plots. They find a nice one but then discover graffiti on a tombstone nearby. Elly expresses her disgust with the world today, while John placates her with a pun like, “We’ll find the right plot, Elly. We’ll leave no tombstone unturned.”
Next week: A nice story about assisted suicide, while Elly decides to try her new writing skills on eulogies.
Panel 4: The joke line here is also a reasonable statement that pretty well sums up everything that is wrong with Elly’s retirement plans. So far, Elly has cleaned, taken a class, tended to a sick grandchild, harassed a former employee and started writing—all things she could have and should have done when she owned Lilliput’s. I will leave you with this quote from Elly's Letter, September 2005
We've begun doing some thinking about traveling; listing all the places we want to see, and thinking about when to go to each place. We haven't reached the planning stage yet, but we're going to start a plan. China interests us, as does South America and Europe.