December 24th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 25 December 2011

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that John really doesn't understand how children perceive time; a normal human being would smile ruefully upon hearing his son exclaim that Christmas just got there and can't be over that fast but not him. He's gotta be gobsmacked.

(Strip Number 6097, Original Publication Date, 26 December 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly looking at the Christmas tree and asking who ate all the candy canes off the lower branches.

Panel 2: We then see Farley sneaking away with a candy cane in his mouth.

Panel 3: The real strip begins with John telling everyone that yessir, the gifts are opened, they've had a great weekend and a fine meal; Elly chimes in by saying that she's exhausted.

Panel 4: John then sets up the conflict by telling Mike and Lizzie that it's bedtime.

Panel 5: Mike whines "Aw, Daddy....not yet."

Panel 6: John reminds Mike that he and Lizzie got up at six thirty and it's now past ten at night.

Panel 7: He then tells them that that's it; Christmas is over.

Panel 8: Mike's tentacle-fingered, splayed-out hand pleading that it just got here mildly confuses John.

Summary: I'm less confused by the sentiment than the need Lynn has to draw this gesture and to write a Lynnsight that I know will ruin this mildly pleasant slice-of-life, going-on-someone's-fridge strip.