(Strip Number 5027, Original Publication Date, 7 October 1988)
Panel 1: It would appear that Lizzie is not the only child who decided to deliberately grow larger than Elly anticipated in order to destroy her life because Mike says that his winter boots and ski pants are far too small for him. Since Elly thinks that anything she doesn't want to hear is part of a plan by everyone in the world to laugh at her for thinking that she deserves a happiness she isn't actually designed to experience, we get a brusque "Okay, OKAY!!" in response.
Panel 2: It looks as if she's have to buy them new winter outfits.
Panel 3: Mike oppresses Elly by telling her where there's a pair of boots for sixty dollars and a wicked jacket for $149.99.
Panel 4: He accidentally delivers the punchline by asking Elly howcome she always wears the same old stuff year after year.
Summary: The rational evil snarker-troll who wants refugees in war zones to die of world diseases answer is "Because she's not Valerie Stone and thus not in possession of sufficient moral fiber to make you shop at the consignment stores she loves." Lynn and Elly's answer is "Because children are EVIL and HAAAAAAAAAAAAATE their mothers and don't give me that crap about how they honestly don't know what they're doing to piss WE MOMS off!!!!!"