(Strip Number 1140, Original Publication Date, 20 April 1987)
Panel 1: We find ourselves returning to a familiar theme when we see Lizzie pathetically pleading with Elly to be allowed to have her ears pierced.
Panel 2: Elly tries appealing to reason when she points out that piercings can cause trouble if the person isn't old enough to look after them properly.
Panel 3: She follows by appealing to a sentiment that Lizzie can't share when she says that there'll be plenty of time for pierced ears and make-up when she's older.
Panel 4: This backfires when Lizzie points out that she's older than her classmate Paula who HAS pierced ears. Since Elly will NEVER be able to understand how children think, this confuses and horrifies her.
Summary: What Lynn and the Syracuse Troll never seem to want to realize is that children aren't little adults. Lizzie sees herself as being older than this other kid and thus ready for something and there's an end of it. Also, Elly never seems to have quite realized that when her kids are following peer pressure, it doesn't mean that they hate her.