January 7th, 2018

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Somehow, it's Mike, Liz and Lawrence's fault that their mothers don't have time to themselves because they took too long to grow up.

(Strip Number 1393, Original Publication Date, 10 January 1989)

Panel 1: Now that they're in Connie's driveway after their trip to MegaFoods, Connie tells Elly that she wishes she could see her more often but doesn't have the time.

Panel 2: Elly reminds her of the strip's first years when the kids were little; back then, they'd get together to talk over coffee.

Panel 3: Connie reminds Elly that they alternated between her old place and the Pattermanse to sit back and pretend to pay attention to the kids.

Panel 4: Elly gets all mournful when she says that they both wished the kids would grow up faster so she and Connie could have had more time.

Summary: We get to see why Elly doesn't have time next week when a doctor tells her that when she sits down and tries to relax, she feels guilty and lazy and guilty and worthless and guilty and ashamed. Simply put, Elly can't watch a sunset without feeling like a selfish and bone-idle garbage person. Blaming an innate feeling of hyper-responsibility on an external agent is rather foolish.