April 13th, 2011

Indignant Candiru

Thursday, 14 April 2011

I made a bit of a boo-boo by thinking that today's strip was the "chief grape" one; in actuality, we're contending with Elly's belief that, much as sexual harassment is an inevitability when women work in a predominantly male environment, siblings can only not fight like scorpions if there's something wrong.

(Strip Number 251, Original Punlication Date, 22 April 1982)

Panel 1: We begin things with Elly on the phone telling Annie that she wishes she could come over for coffee but the children are still sick.

Panel 2: She then says that they don't have fevers but she can tell something is wrong with them.

Panel 3: For one thing, they haven't fought all morning.

Summary: This is the real reason why we never see the kids get along; they have parents who think that sibling rivalry is an inevitability that has to be endured, not as a problem that has to be mitigated.

I wrote a poem bout damn Liz

For National Poetry Month, I'm trying to write a poem every day.

This morning's piece was, enbarrassingly, inspired by FOOB. At the same time Liz was back in Milborough, I had just moved to my husband's hometown. I remember this strange feeling of recognizing that Seattle was "his" city, and his parents, and it didn't feel like mine. The infamous "I did your laundry, sweetie" strip, despite its stupidity, did seem to capture something for me.