(Strip Number 4795, Original Publication Date, 1 May 1987)
Panel 1: Elly does the Haughty Annoying Dimwit Who's So ANGRY At Her Child, She Won't Even Look At Her thing when she says that she doesn't care who wears stockings in grade one, Elizabeth is not allowed.
Panel 2: As justification, Elly points out that Elizabeth's new socks are filthy and already have holes in them. This is meant to indicate that Lizzie is too young to be trusted with them but, since it reflects poorly on Elly's skills, is something she should not have said.
Panel 3: As Rage-Faced Elly angrily storms off because she's angry at her horrible daughter for caring more for the opinion of a child than her own mother, Lizzie looks down at her socks.
Panel 4: She then tries to counter Elly's decree by saying that the tops of her socks are OK.
Summary: Lizzie might as well get used to this. English Canadian parents of Lynn's generation feel obliged to make every rite of passage their children have into a stand-up row that allows them to nail themselves to their damned cross like the nation of pointlessly angry at the wrong damned thing, self-defeating, stubborn idiots we are. We can't do things the easy way because we're a nation of short-tempered, small-minded dullards who are deeply suspicious of happiness and ease and giving people the benefit of the doubt.