(Original Publication Date, 31 August 1991)
Panel 1: The next day when she's calmed down a little, we find Elly asking Connie what the big deal about turning forty is for people like them and why it feels so strange. We Moms have more self-confidence (debatable), we make fewer mistakes (yeah, right), our children are older so we have more freedom (until they're grown up and we devote our time to championing potential mates).
Panel 2: She then sets up the punchline by foreshadowing John and Elly congratulating themselves on raising all three kids to adulthood when she says that we moms feel the way we did when we were sixteen (and thus official adult) so what is it about being forty that effects vain idiots obsessed with an arbitrary age so much.
Panel 3: Connie is the mouth-piece for Lynn's rampaging Mommy Issues today when she speculates that it's because We Moms look the way Our Mothers did when We Moms were sixteen.
Summary: When you consider that the only thing that sustains Elly is that Liz will lose her looks too, you really have to wonder why people cheer on this horrible woman. Ah, well. Next week, Lynn re-arranges a bunch of strips to make sure Labour Day lines up right because no one bothered telling her that not all schools on the continent wait until after Labour Day to start classes.