dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Monday, 28 September 2015

We begin the first great Elly versus peer pressure arc with a reminder that Elly thinks that Elizabeth wants to throw her childhood in the trash and grow up too fast. Also, Mommy isn't ready for the pitched battle about what her children will wear yet.

(Strip Number 4686, Original Publication Date, 29 September 1986)

Panel 1: As Elly works on yet another article, Elizabeth makes the scene and says that she wants to get her ears pierced. Elly says she isn't old enough.

Panel 2: Elizabeth tells Elly that a lot of her classmates are the same age as she is and getting their ears pierced which makes her plenty old enough.

Panel 3: Elly tells Elizabeth that she still wants her to wait to get pierced; Lizzie makes the pleading gesture and asks what she's supposed to wait for.

Panel 4: Since Elly assumed that she'd have to fight this fight and stand around bawling like a freaking imbecile about how Lizzie is throwing her childhood in the trash when she was thirteen, she goes all goggle-eyed and shrieks "WAIT UNTIL I'M OLD ENOUGH!!"

Summary: Just between you and me and the grand piano, I prefer John's "We have STANDARDS" speeches to Elly's panicky belief that she needs to maintain control over her children's wardrobe to protect their childhood. It's better to have a lucid authoritarian obsessed with maintaining purity than a screwball who wants to make sure that April's butt was stuffed in an unflattering outfit to keep her younger longer.
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