(Strip Number 5044, Original Publication Date, 5 November 1988)
Panel 1: Simce this strip's target audience is 'angry mothers who keep moving the damned goalposts of how appreciative their children actually are', it's not hard to see that when Elly reassures Connie that some day, Molly and Gayle will join her own children in looking back and appreciating what great mothers they both are, she means that this will happen when Molly and Gayle are on THEIR deathbeds.
Panel 2: We also reinforce the belief that physical presence is better than emotional closeness by stating that all they can do is their best because they're doing something right by being in their children's field of vision.
Panel 3: Elly's basic lack of self-awareness makes her comment about how every child needs someone he or she can trust to provide support and stability into a lie because she doesn't connect her need to run away from the children she sees as trying to drain her of her substance with their need to seek out people like Miss Edwards for emotional support.
Panel 4: When Connie latches onto Elly and bawls "DON'T LEAVE ME!!!!", Elly is flabbergasted.
Summary: This is because Elly doesn't realize something we do: Connie is an incompetent child-woman who ended up chasing her step-daughters away because she cannot handle pressure. Ah, well. Tune in tomorrow when Lynn tells Katie what we're remembering by grabbing Mike by the shirtfront and screaming in his face about how he should stop lying and admit that he wants Nazi Germany to rule the world.