June 16th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 17 June 2011

Today's strip is a reminder that John and Elly really don't have a handle on how children think; most of us here would think "When I turn on my lawn sprinkler on a hot summer day, it'll attract children because that's just how things are." Since John and Elly are stupid and useless, they'll always be blindsided by this.

(Strip Number 274, Original Publication Date, 18 June 2011)

Panel 1: We start things off with John and Elly looking on in baffled horror at the inspiration for the current banner: a group of neighborhood kids joining Mike, Lizzie and Farley in playing in the lawn sprinkler and thus preventing their parents from doing their yard work.

Panel 2: John's response is telling; he stands there looking totally defeated as he whimpers "I don't know where they came from; I just turned on the lawn sprinkler and there they were." Elly smiles somewhat wanly so at least she can almost remember what it was like to be a child.

Summary: Given that we're probably in for a Lynnsight about how children in Lynn Lake traveled in packs, damned if Lynn could figure out why and why she didn't quite understand why kids in a subarctic climate would be appreciative of a warm summer day and thus interrupt her yardwork, it's sort of easy to see why she focused on her inane soap opera: it was easier for her to understand Ted, Connie and Phil than the children she limited her exposure to out of fear.

ETA: The latest seasonal banner features Lynn's attempt to fake the way children speak. No child I've ever heard of calls it F-day and no child will. "Dad's Day" is the colloqualism of choice.