September 18th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

We end the garbage gastritis arc with a reminder that small children tend to think of life as a zero-sum game. That's because we have Lizzie playing sick because she thinks that they're taking her share of love away from her and giving it to Farley.

(Strip Number 471, Original Publication Date, 21 September 1983)

Panel 1: We find ourselves with a dejected Lizzie looking at Mike, John and Elly playing with Farley thought-bubbling that nobody's playing with her.

Panel 2: She reminds herself that everyone's playing with Farley and talking to him and hugging him.

Panel 3: She then reminds us that she's a small child by concluding that they like him best because he's sick.

Panel 4: She thus decides to solve the problem by telling Daddy that she doesn't feel well.

Summary: Well, small children do tend to think that love is like a pie or anything else finite. If someone else is getting love and Lizzie isn't, it must mean that that person or animal is taking something away from her. This only becomes depressing when you realize that she never really out-grew thinking like this.