August 10th, 2011

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Thursday, 11 August 2011

In today's strip, Lynn reminds us that the Richards women never quite stop thinking of their children as entities that need mothering.

(Strip Number 4207, Original Publication Date, 12 August 1982)

Panel 1: As Elly watches Mike and Lizzie playing, she thought-bubbles that while they're growing up, she still thinks of them as her babies.

Panel 2: She then wonders when she's going to let them grow up; she probably means to think "When am I going to think of them as grown-ups?" but since her thought-processes are warped, we get mush like this.

Panel 3: She then asks Marian if she thinks of her as her baby; Marian says no.

Panel 4: Her telling Elly to finish off her plate and drink her tea before it gets cold surprises Elly and reminds us that she still thinks of Elly as being the nasty seven-year old she acts like most of the time.

Summary: If Marian were cursed with telepathy, the realization that her daughter thinks that she gets to decide when her children are grown would astonish and baffle her; not only is that out of her hands, she'd wonder when Elly started acting mature in the first place.

"What are you doing in the crawl space?"

While looking for strips that I wanted to refer to in a "Coffee Talk" submission, I came across the strip where Elly mines the crawl space for yard-sale items. Thinking of our recent discussion of floorplans, I was curious to see whether Lynn had noticeably changed the location or configuration by the time Dee dug out the miracle not-Marian wedding dress. While I didn't find a clear-cut answer to my original question, I did happen to notice that in both strips, Mike asks the question I have as the subject to this entry. The earlier strip: "What are you doing in the crawl space, Mom?" Later strip: "Deanna? What are you doing in the crawl space?" Clearly, he had designated himself as keeper an guardian of the crawl space.

Edit: As I mentioned below, I dug out the old "Ned Search" from the Wayback machine. You can have a look at the old page as it was in 2004 here. Notice that the master bedroom is listed as "Elly's room." Hrm. If you click on the individual links, you will most likely be redirected to a "not found" page on the official site, but if you copy the link location and plug THAT into the Wayback search, you can probably get a capture of it.

Edit 2: I forgot that before there was a Ned hunt, there was April's bunny hunt. You can actually click on the "room" links and get the images, with age-ten April's cutesy narration.
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Meet the Pattersons

We've talked about this feature before, but I don't think there's ever been a separate post about it, and I think it deserves one. I've been reading the "Meet the Pattersons" page on the FBofW site in order to make my Foobsims. The first thing I noticed: no link for April. There's a Farley Patterson link, though. Second thing I noticed: on the "friends and influences" page, Deanna and Anthony are listed under "kids" along with Michael and Elizabeth. April is also listed, but there is no link to a page for her.
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