August 26th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 27 August 2010

In today's strip, Lawrence reminds us that, for reasons Lynn would never want to admit are valid, the children of single parents feel somewhat conflicted about said parent's social life.

(Strip Number 4055, Original Publication Date, 28 August 1981)

Panel 1: As they walk to class, Mike asks Lawrence if his Mom is going steady with Dad's friend. Lawrence says "I dunno."

Panel 2: He also says "I dunno" when Mike asks if he figures they'll get married.

Panel 3: That's also his answer when asked if he wants Ted for a Dad.

Panel 4: When Mike asks him howcome he keeps saying "I dunno", Lawrence doesn't say that it's because he's the creation of a woman who, without evidence to back her claim up, insists that children do not enunciate like she did. He says it's because it's easiest.

Summary: It makes perfect sense to me that his not having a strong opinion about Connie's love life is the easiest thing to do; it's also the safest. If gets too close to a particular man, he'll get disappointed when the relationship collapses and if he's too much against a suitor, he's a bad child who wants his poor mother to die alone. My remembering strips that declare him to be a pain in the neck who selfishly hinders Connie's attempts to find happiness tells me that Lynn doesn't think that he/Aaron has the right to an opinion that might require Connie/her to think about needs other than her own.