(Strip Number 6155, Original Publication Date, 26 January 1986)
Panel 1: We start things off with a traumatized-looking Elly picking Michael's glove off of an end table.
Panel 2: Her despair is furthered when she notices only one of Lizzie's pink mittens being hung up to dry.
Panel 3: When Super Freaked-out Elly asks Michael where the mate to his glove is, he dunno.
Panel 4: When Elly reminds Lizzie that she can only find one of her pink mittens and asks where the other is, Lizzie simply says "gone."
Panel 5: Since she probably thinks that Marian will come in and accuse her of being an incompetent mother who hates her children if mittens go missing, Belligerent Fruitcake Elly rants about how there are seven mittens and gloves with no mates before demanding an explanation.
Panel 6: Mike makes the stupid mistake of saying that he guesses that he and Lizzie lost them.
Panel 7: This touches off a furious, incoherent rant that probably is about how they probably expect her to buy a new pair of mittens a day.
Panel 8: John comes into the room and does the palms-out pleading thing when he reminds Elly that losing gloves is just stuff that happens.
Panel 9: A spent Elly asks why they cannot be lost in pairs so as to make her life easier.
Summary: If memory serves, the Lynnsight is all about how when she noticed this phenomenon happening to her, she was sure her kids were out to get her; it was nothing like when she was a kid and stuff just happened. In any event, Elly doesn't handle it well when kids lose things. I remember when Lizzie mislaid her glasses and Elly just plain freaked out.