(Strip Number 1438, Original Publication Date, 7 April 1989)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly reeling from the clueless indifference of her twelve year old son to her new look and telling Farley that it's vanity that makes us want to be what we're not.
Panel 2: She then asks the dog why we humans can't be oblivious to our outer appearance and simply enjoy living like animals do.
Panel 3: Her insane soliloquy pauses when Liz walks by looking like the poster girl for being a slob.
Panel 4: She reminds us of who she is when she lumps children in with barnyard animals again and says "Then again....some of us do."
Summary: The problem isn't that human beings as a species are vain and silly. The problem is that Elly will never feel comfortable in her own skin so long as she has skin in which to feel uncomfortable. (And even then, we could possibly posit a world in which her grim shade wails that the urn her heirs and assigns selected makes her ashes look fat.) Remember, we're enduring this glurge because the boy who was impressed by Taco Thursday didn't notice the change he 'requested'.