July 17th, 2008


In the Beginning: "I've Got the One-More-Washload Blues..."

I've been re-reading the collections over the past few weeks and reminding myself why I used to love For Better or For Worse.  As I've gone through the books, I've been mentally composing little essays about the stories and characters, and wondering what other contributers to this board thought when they first saw them, and what they think now.

This is my first post, so I hope I do this correctly!  I'd just like to add that, unlike the strip which inspired this essay, I hope I don't ramble on for far too long.

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Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 18 July 2008

It seems to me that we'll end the week with an entry I forgot to put in my Settlepocalypse checklist: "Françoise spontaneously accepts Elizabeth as her mother." It'll probably happen Saturday but I could be wrong.

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the local grocery store. Liz and Francie are walking down the aisle when she asks the Breath if she can have a sugary cereal. Liz, like the clone of Elly she's fated to become, suggests something healthy. What she should have done is stop and ask why a three year old wouldn't mention a brand name.

Panel 2: She then asks for candy. Liz points out she has candy at home.

Panel 3: Francie then whiiiiiiines that she wants a toy because she has no hoooooooo---- I mean, she hasn't has a neeeeew one in such a loooong tiiiime. Liz's repsonse: an Elly-like not-today.

Panel 4: She then proceeds to yell "Please! Please! Please!" so insistently, the words hover in the air around her. Liz is taken aback.

Panel 5: When she and Liz meet up with Anthony, the Silly Sandwich Lady states that Francie has finally accepted her because she's started to nag her.

Summary: I knew that Francie would do this but I should have known that Lynn would work her toxic viewpoint of family life into the mix.