December 26th, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 27 December 2015

We wrap up the Christmas 1986 arc with Mike being browbeaten into liking the family heirloom hardhat Will sent him because Lynn is pandering to soppy old people into ancestor worship.

(Strip Number 7055, Original Publication Date, 28 December 1986)

Panel 1: As Lizzie plays with her new dollhouse and Mike with his new spacefighter toy, we find him looking at something that looks out of place under the tree: a battered old hard hat.

Panel 2: Since he thinks that this object is beneath him, he kicks it aside in contempt.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins with Mike setting himself up for a maudlin lecture by questioning Grandpa Will's logic in sending him said dumb old hard hat for Christmas in front of John.

Panel 4: John asks him if he'd bothered reading the card Will sent with it; that's because if he had, he'd have known it was something special he'd wanted Mike to have.

Panel 5: John explains that Will worked in the collieries of FLin Flon for thirty years.

Panel 6: He worked hard and risked his life sometimes to put food on the table and John and his siblings through school.

Panel 7: The hard hat is part of who Will Patterson is because he wore it every day.

Panel 8: Mike should treasure it because it'll remind him of the man when he passes on.

Panel 9: A few minutes later, we find Mike outside. Gord and Brian ask him if he got something neat for Christmas.

Panel 10: When he states that yeah, he got a neat battered hard hat, they look perplexed.

Summary: While a lot of people wish something like this would actually happen, Mike would probably not really be that impressed by the sacrifice of someone who's a distant presence in his life doing something that happened before he was born. This would be a present for the Mike graduating high school.