dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Monday, 18 December 2017

Laura's bluntly stating that on a working farm, vacation time doesn't as such exist leads to a reminder that she has no real idea what a pious annoyance she comes across as.

(Strip Number 5061, Original Publication Date, 19 December 1988)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Laura shake Lizzie out of bed because Grandma Carrie is making pancakes and bacon. Lizzie points out that it's only seven in the morning.

Panel 2: Since Laura is as smart and nice as the father who turns guests into field hands, she can babble "I know. Mom's gone to get a part for the tractor an'Dad's feeding the calves. You're the only ones still in bed!" and not realize that she looks like a condescending twerp.

Panel 3: As Carrie serves up a big breakfast, Lizzie reminds her that it's supposed to be a holiday before setting up the punchline by asking if no one on the farm takes a holiday.

Panel 4: Since Laura grew up on a farm and doesn't understand what taking time off is, she doesn't realize what a jerk she comes across as when she says that sure they do....they just work through'em.

Summary: As howtheduck teaches us, Laura is pretty much every child ever press-ganged into working for her parents' business who whip-saws between being defensive about her missing out on life because Daddy Thanos sees everyone who can walk as a farmhand and being a bitter jerk to those who have the option of not being lectured about The Simple, Honest Life by a pompous ass who probably sold it out from under her because she lacks a penis and thus cannot inherit the Family Farm.

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