(Strip Number 4687, Original Publication Date, 30 September 1986)
Panel 1: Elly explains to a decidedly uninterested Elizabeth that nobody had earrings when she was in first grade.
Panel 2: She goes on to say that they were kids who looked like kids, acted like kids and thought like kids. You will note that this furthers my suspicion that Elly is under the mistaken impression that Lizzie wants to throw her childhood in the garbage because nuclear war and also has had no contact with Latinos.
Panel 3: The idiot busy mythologizing her childhood continues on by telling Liz that this is a time to be young, silly, and to enjoy your childhood. How having ear-rings prevents this is best left to the philosophers.
Panel 4: Elizabeth disappoints her stupid mother by saying that she would enjoy it more with earrings because she wouldn't feel like shit when the Paulas and Melody Morrisons waved what she ain't got under her nose.
Summary: I'm sure that if Coffee Talk still existed, I'd get a lot of mommy-jacking bullshit about this when I said it but here it is, dragged out naked and bleeding: no child likes to hear a speech that contains the phrase "in my day." Lizzie loves her mother but she also has to live in the present day which is loaded with children who do not care about what Elly did when she was in elementary school and will not allow Liz to use that as a shield from pint-sized bitchery and snobbery.