August 5th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Mike finds to his chagrin that the inconsistent parenting that'll warp him into the Delicate Genius is still in effect despite his being on vacation.

(Strip Number 301, Original Publication Date, 7 August 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly telling Mike and Lizzie that they have an hour or so before arriving in Vancouver so it's time to pick up their stuff.

Panel 2: Mike whines that he doesn't wanna, Elly grumbles "NOW!" and cuts off any further protest by telling him that that's an order.

Panel 3: As they clean up the too many toys for a train trip, Mike grumbles that the ads about train travel are right.

Panel 4: The reason is that it IS just like home.

Summary: This sort of annoying encounter is probably the real reason why the Pattersons never took the kids on a vacation in the Sun; they live in fear of being judged inferior parents by people they'll never meet again. Too bad that their solution is not to become better parents; since that's too much like work and might cause them to face the horrible, cruel, evil, unfair idea that they're just as much to blame for Mike and Lizzie's idiocy as Mike and Lizzie are, it's best to leave the children at home.