August 9th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

In today's strip, Mike chastises Lizzie because she doesn't think how Lynn believes an eight year old does.

(Strip Number 4206, Original Publication Date, 11 August 1982)

Panel 1: Now that the family is at Jim and Marian's, we find ourselves watching Mike and Lizzie talking to their grandmother; an anxious Mike sets up our odd punchline when he asks Marian why they live so far apart.

Panel 2: Marian tells him that it's because Elly fell in love with someone in Ontario; Lizzie asks her why that happened.

Panel 3: Mike tells his sister "Because, dummy---she couldn't find anyone here that looks like Dad!!"

Summary: Unlike Lynn, I don't claim to be an expert on how children think but I'm not sure an eight-year old would think along these lines. It seems to be that he'd be a lot more likely to be the one asking why Elly couldn't have found a John-like man in British Columbia so he didn't have to say goodbye to relatives so often.