November 16th, 2011

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

In today's strip, Elly reacts to Lizzie's age-inappropriate feeling that she'd been left behind forever because she thought that Mommy hated her and wanted to get away from her by looking as if she hates her and wants to get away from her.

(Strip Number 342, Original Publication Date, 18 November 1982)

Panel 1: Now that Elly's intern gig is over for the morning, she picks a ticked-off Lizzie up from the daycare center; She smiles as she asks Lizzie what she made today only to have a sour-faced daughter angrily pull it away and, judging from the fact that the word 'UMF!!" is in the dialogue balloon, making an annoyed grunt.

Panel 2: Elly continues to smile as she asks Lizzie if she had fun at playcare and if she sang songs and played games; since Lizzie angwy at Mommy for leaving her for what seemed like forever, she reacts by not looking her in the eye and shrugging.

Panel 3: She continues to angrily shrug off Mean Mommy Who Left Her Behind Because She's Mean's attempts to talk to her; she simply doesn't want to be told that Mean Mommy feels hurt when she doesn't talk to her or feels lonely. That's because Mean Mommy always looks like she wants to drop Nizzie someplace and never come back for her.

Panel 4: Case in point: we see a furious Elly drag Lizzie to the car and angrily thought-bubble "So much for I messages."

Summary: Also so much for trying to see things from Lizzie's point of view; she has no real idea what the place looks like from Lizzie's angle, no idea how long the separation feels and, this is the clincher, has no clue that her children think of her as trying to flee from them in panic and disgust. Even worse than that, of course, is the fact that she's too God-damned dumb to remember that a two-year old's moods never last for long.
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For Cesco or For Worse.

I saw this article on and item number six made me think of Elly. Discuss it if you like:

“Angry Horrible Human Being Parents.” Some people simply cannot handle life. Not because of depression or a string of bad luck, but because God gave them a brain consisting of a rusty exercise wheel and an absentee hamster. And since they cannot comprehend anything from breathing to where the world goes when they blink, they get repeatedly confused. Which in turn makes them nervous. Which in turn makes them angry. Which in term has them screaming at their kid about who the hell replaced their caterpillar with that goddamn butterfly.