October 17th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Since someone is still smarting from her son's "Are you going to be mom or Lynn Johnston?" remark, Elly's family are terrible people because they use guilt to try to rob her of a public identity.

(Strip Number 5036, Original Publication Date, 20 October 1988)

Panel 1: When John makes a mildly negative off-camera comment about being penciled in, Elly reminds him that she's gotta go to this meeting because they're behind schedule planning this year's Christmas program at the library.

Panel 2: He knows this but he points out that she also has the Arts Council, hospital volunteers and hockey moms vying for her time.

Panel 3: Since she never met an obligation she felt comfortable turning down, she points out that all those people need her.

Panel 4: When we zoom out to see a hang-dog rest of the family who are about to say the same thing, she reminds herself of another group that needs her: John and the kids.

Summary: Given the setting, it doesn't take much to turn a PSA about avoiding over-extension and over-committing into Lynn bitching about how she's not allowed a public identity. Anything to avoid admitting to having the sort of Type AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!! personality that has to barricade itself in a den to protect itself from being all things to no people.