January 22nd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Today's strip is predicated on the notion that Elly is so predictable, Mike and Lawrence take action on what lecture she'll use to compensate for inadequate supervision.

(Strip Number 6675, Original Publication Date, 24 January 1982)

Panel 1: We start off with Mike and Lawrence having a fine old time whapping each other over the head with sofa cushions and engaged in general horseplay. Mike giggles in a bit of pain as Lawrence scores a direct hit.

Panel 2: Now it's Mike's turn to hit back.

Panel 3: We then have a tableau of two kids horsing around while Lizzie watches. The bouncing, rattling around and mild mayhem is as mildly entertaining as it is temporary.

Panel 4: The reason it's temporary is invoked by Lawrence who tells Mike that uh oh, he thinks his mom is coming.

Panel 5: The original version has Mike bet Lawrence five cents that Elly will say that this is a house, not a playground; Lawrence will take that bet.

Panel 6: Sure enough, we hear an off-camera bellow of "Michael and Lawrence, this is a house, not a playground."

Panel 7: When Mike asks Lawrence to pay up, Lawrence tries to get him to go best two out of three.

Panel 8: Elly, having finally torn herself away from whatever long enough to see what the small ones are doing, asks what's going on; Mike and Lawrence say "Nothing" in unison.

Panel 9: As she walks away, Bug-eyed Elly thought-bubbles "Why do I get the feeling I've been had."

Summary: Where Lynn and I are on the same page is that children shouldn't actually tear up the room in the name of fun; where we part company is how to keep things from happening. Since I'm childless, she'll probably pooh-pooh my suggestions about preventing it. Keeping a closer eye on them or making sure they have more constructive ways of spending a stormy afternoon might seem rational but since I don't have kids, I don't know what I'm talking about.