July 4th, 2018

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 6 July 2018

Elly's actually behaving somewhat responsibly and trying to get Mike to stop mauling Lizzie is subverted by her liking it.

(Strip Number 1620, Original Publication Date, 7 July 1989)

Panel 1: We transition from the chaos caused by Lizzie speaking in public so as to embarrass and destroy her poor mother to the anarchy engendered by making Michael her primary caregiver. This is signaled by having Elly talk about how she and Mike would play for hours and hours after she started walking and talking and is accompanied by a visual of Mike and Lizzie getting in the happy ball of harmless violence.

Panel 2: Elly is yet again a day late and a dollar short when she finally arrives on scene and tells him to cool it with playing too rough with her.

ETA: I just remembered that her track record on interventions between the two of them can lead to Mike being punished unfairly so it could be that she's misreading things.

Panel 3: When Elly leaves, Lizzie howls in rage and anguish.

Panel 4: Her mood improves when Mike dangles her by the feet of her onesie. This confirms my earlier worry that both Lynn and Elly are misreading things because they don't know the appeal of being help upside down.

Summary: Today's strip is brought to you by Lynn's idiotic and pernicious belief in consequence-free childhood mayhem and her inability to understand what's going on around her. People who want to take childhood away might think that having a big, husky behemoth maul a flimsy little thing like Lizzie is bad and might have lasting consequences but WE MOMS know that nothing that happens to kids matters.