September 16th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 17 September 2010

 Today's strip is designed to make John look like a bully, cad and ignoramus by showing us that Elly's hit-and-Mrs system is forced on her by the demands of being a busy mother with noooooo help and nooooooo time to herself; we'll probably get a chirpy reminder of that in the Lynn's Notes as well. 

(Strip Number 173, Original Publication Date, 18 September 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Elly trying to type something while being hindered by Dainty-Doll Girl Lizzie; as the child tries to get into her standard docked position, Elly tells her "Just let Mommy finish this page, Sweetheart."

Panel 2: As Lizzie gets clingier, weepier and more insistent in her unfair and evil need for attention, Elly gets more frustrated and is less loving, fair, firm and so on and so forth as she says "just this one page and we'll go out."

Panel 3: As Lizzie gets openly weepy, Elly starts to freak out as she whines about how all she wants to do is type out the one page.

Panel 4: As Elly walks down the street with an only-happy-because-she-made-Mommy-miserable Lizzie, she glumly thought-bubbles "And they wonder why we can never get anything done."

Summary: As I said, this is designed to make the readership point to the page and say "Ha!!" to anyone who points out that Elly is a disorganized clod who can't do anything right. I ain't drinking the Kool-Aid, though; if Elly didn't waste her time watching soaps, pretending to look busy by doing mounds of laundry improperly and gossiping with one of her two friends about the other, she could get things done and have time for the kids. As it stands, they have to live with the knowledge that their mother resented being in their presence so much, she must own their horses in the interest of 'fairness'.

ETA: The new banner has Liz and Aypo feeding a furry friend for fun; the problem is that doing so isn't really encouraged by fish and wildlife officials.