September 7th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 8 September 2013

In today's strip. Lizzie oppresses Elly by having more enthusiasm than knowledge. While the childless might see a cute little girl unwittingly making things worse out of good-faith ignorance, WE MOMS know chaos and malice when WE MOMS see it.

(Strip Number 7167, Original Publication Date, 9 September 1984)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly grocery-shopping with Lizzie; since Lizzie is four, she wants to put the things in the cart to think that she's helping. Since Elly is stupid, this traumatizes her.

Panel 2: As does being asked to help Lizzie reach stuff that's higher up than the second shelf.

Panel 3: Lizzie's next act of volunteerism results in Elly telling her to get the apple juice from a near-by shelf.

Panel 4: Again, since Lizzie is four and doesn't understand how money works, she helpfully tries to put in an extra bottle of juice or five in the cart.

Panel 5: Lizzie goes on to oppress Elly and ruin her public reputation by wanting to paw over EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

Panel 6: Next, she ruins Elly's day by selfishly not having come out of the womb fully literate and thus not knowing that the funny ink symbols that say S-H-O-R-T-E-N-I-N-G say short'nin'.

Panel 7: Her next act of spreading CHAOS is to paw over all of the tomatoes.

Panel 8: Having been totally defeated and oppressed by Lizzie's need to spread her kid germs EVERYWHERE and thus make it look as if Elly has no control over her, Elly has to endure one last act of selfish malice as Lizzie says "Good thing I'm helpin' you - isn't it, Mom?"

Panel 9: Upon being told that pawing over everything and making Elly look weak makes shopping a whole lot easier, Elly's brain seizes up.

Summary: Where do I begin in explaining what bothers me about this? Is it the default assumption that children HATE their poor mothers and yearn to publicly destroy them? Is the inability (or perhaps refusal) to understand what children do and do not understand? Is it the fact that Elly looks like a fragile God-damned idiot getting her tit in a wringer over nothing again? Could it be all three things?