(Strip Number 1146, Original Publication Date, 27 April 1987)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly fighting with Elizabeth while trying to clean her new earring piercings; while it's true that Lizzie should maybe not fidget so much and that piercings do hurt, there's an extraneous factor Elly never seems to acknowledge that adds to the pain: the fact that Elly is applying a harsh antiseptic on a cotton ball instead of saline on a Q-tip. In this case, more is not better.
Panel 2: As sore-eared and miserable Lizzie walks by, John asks how the ear-piercing went and if they succeeded in making her more beautiful.
Panel 3: He allows as how the earrings look pretty.
Panel 4: The problem is that she'll have to do something about the pouting, angry and frustrated expression on her face.
Summary: We're clearly going for an "Elly was right and her foolish child should have waited until