April 7th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 8 April 2011

In today's strip, we get another reminder that Elly's family whine piteously for her when they're sick while never offering her the same consideration when she's ill.

(Strip Number 248, Original Publication Date, 16 April 1982)

Panel 1: We start off with Mike in bed yelling "Hack-cough-snivel-MOM!!" as he coughs up a lung.

Panel 2: The next total invalid is Lizzie who whines "Mamma!! Lizzie sick!! Mamma!!"

Panel 3: The third helpless blob of protoplasm is John who moans "Honey? Could you bring me a cup of hot lemon?"

Panel 4: As Elly tries to be in three places at once, she tells Farley that if he's got a hot nose to cool it.

Summary: What we're looking at, of course, is Lynn's angry commentary about how when her family was sick, they expected her to not only drop everything but to be in three places at once; this dovetails nicely with how they don't come close to affording her the same consideration when she's sick. When she's sick, she's expected to do a full load of work instead of getting to rest.