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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The one in which asking why babies can't simply tell you what's wrong mutates into a 'teenagers are monsters' thing.

(Original Publication Date, 14 May 1991)

Panel 1: As April continues to cry, John and Elly are at their very meagre wits' end. She says that they've tried everything because they've changed and fed and rocked her to no avail while John says April's crying is driving him crazy. (You will note that nothing is said about April's roomie and nothing ever will be said.)

Panel 2: This is why watching Elly tell him to put April down for a while because it won't hurt to let her cry for a little while is so blasted irritating: it hurts Liz a lot but we don't address it for a year or so.

Panel 3: When he gets back under the covers, John monologues about how you do everything you can for them and still, they keep you up all night, wondering if they're okay and wishing that they'd tell you what was wrong.

Panel 4: When he asks why babies do that to their parents, Elly says that it's to prepare you for when they become teenagers.

Summary: This eventually leads to them standing at April's door looking at her being an amazingly average and somewhat docile teenage girl and thinking of her as wanting to usher in an era of chaos and ruin. Reason: they always assume that they're not the ones in control when they are....or should be.
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