August 15th, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 16 August 2015

After hectoring Mike about not wasting a nice summer day in bed, Elly looks like (but isn't) a hypocrite when she takes a nap in the sun after a busy morning's housework.

(Strip Number 7224, Original Publication Date, 17 August 1986)

Panel 1: We start things off with Mike fast asleep.

Panel 2: He is woken when Elly shouts his name....possibly because she's just now realized why it's so quiet and why she was able to get so much done.

Panel 3: She makes that idiotic pleading palms-out gesture that says a lot about her when she asks a boy who's still in bed if he's still in bed.

Panel 4: She then asks how he can sleep away a beautiful day like today.

Panel 5: She then tells a groggy child to get up and get outside.

Panel 6: He's all surly as he brushes his teeth.

Panel 7: He crunches down his Honey Zaps in a study of grim determination.

Panel 8: He tetchily slams the door as he goes outside.

Panel 9: He is totally confused because his hypocrite of a mother is sitting in a lawn chair taking a nap.

Summary: Elly only looks like a hypocrite because Mike slept through a whole lot of housework. Hey! We must be getting to the middle years. Elly is allowed to sort of win this one. Oh, sure, there are a lot of "do as I say, not as I do" strips in the years to come but this isn't really one of them if you read between the lines.