July 13th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 14 July 2013

In today's strip, Lynn tries turning the habit the some small children have of only noticing what they're not allowed to do into a problem.

(Strip Number 7163, Original Publication Date, 15 July 1984)

Panel 1: We start things off with Lawrence telling Mike to come over and look because the hammock in his yard holds four boys.

Panel 2: This proves to not be the case.

Panel 3: As Mike starts to crimp the hose to the sprinkler Gordo and a boy I'll call David are playing in, Lawrence rides Lizzie's trike, Darryl climbs a tree and a fifth boy I'll call Louis drives a cardboard box like it's a car.

Panel 4: Next, we see Darryl walking on the fence, Mike rolling Louis around in a wheelbarrow, Gordo on a ladder and David looking on as Lawrence dicks around with Elly's station wagon.

Panel 5: Mike and Lawrence laugh as they spray a window with the hose.

Panel 6: Next, Mike wheels out the winter tires. He doesn't get very far because parental supervision FINALLY ensues when Elly tells him to put them back where they were.

Panel 7: As the boys stand there realizing that wonderful, reckless, the-Brits-show-PSAs-telling-us-that-doing-what-they're-doing-will-kill-them-dead fun time is over, Mike whines "Aw, gee, MA!"

Panel 8: We then focus in on Michael as he whines that they don't get to do ANYTHING.

Summary: I'd say that the reverse is true. Lynn clearly intends to tell us that children regard having parental supervision as a buzz-kill but given that I can see a lot of things in this that would freaking kill someone's ass, I'd say that Elly let them do too bloody much!