February 9th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Today's strip is the one in which they derive the traditional Valentine's Day header. As we know, the kids put in a loooooot of work to make Grandma Marian a Valentine's Day card; this saddens Elly.

(Strip Number 6127, Original Publication Date, 12 February 1984)

Panel 1: We start things off with Mike pointing at a date circled on the calendar and telling Lizzie that it's here. She asks if it's her birfday.

Panel 2: His saying that it's Valentines results in her saying "Oh."

Panel 3: As Elly does some sewing, Mike asks her if she's got any red paper.

Panel 4: While she's looking for it, he also asks if he and Lizzie can have some scissors and some tape. Elly is glad to do so because she thinks that she's the recipient of whatever the kids are making.

Panel 5: Lizzie asks Mama if she can cut out a big heart please on the paper she's holding.

Panel 6: Mike tells her that they need felt pens for something secret.

Panel 7: As she walks by the sewing room, he leans out the door and says she can't come in 'cause they're doing somethin'special.

Panel 8: She's grinning from ear to ear when she's told that she can now come in.

Panel 9: As they hold their Valentine's card up and cheerily explain that it's for Grandma, Elly looks on in shocked sadness.

Summary: This is because she thought that her suffering had once again gone unnoticed and unappreciated. That's right, folks. Even a nice gesture like this equates to "Poor, put-upon Elly." Also, one must remember that Grandma in real life was the primary caregiver and Lynn might have been jealous enough to do something petty and silly like this.