August 1st, 2019

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 3 August 2019

We come to the end of the arc with John and Elly doing what John and Elly always do when confronted with the way normal little kids think and act as if they've just experienced something no one should be asked to predict.

Panel 1: The next day has a happy, excited Liz come into the room wherein Elly is typing something for hobby work and tell her and John that Mrs Allen from Day Camp is there and GUESS WHAT?

Panel 2: "What" happens to be that they were cleaning out the back of the bus that day and found Liz's glasses. Since she doesn't have to buy them in bulk now, Elly smiles and asks where they were.

Panel 3: Since Liz forgot what Elly told her because of an over-precision that set her up to fail, she left them behind a back seat, under a towel, rolled up in a napkin and somehow stuffed into the running shoe of some girl named Rachel. Since Liz doesn't understand that since she didn't do it exactly Elly's way, she's wrong and must apologise forever and ever, she says "SEE! SEE!"

Panel 4: As Mrs Allen smiles and as John and Elly look on in baffled horror, Liz smiles broadly and says that she TOLD them they she'd looked after them.

Summary: The reason Mrs Allen is smiling is that she does something John and Elly cannot do: understand kids. They lose things. They forget things. They make a hash of instructions and say "Eh.....close enough." It's a fact of life Elly wishes wasn't because she expects more of her kids that she herself is wiling to deliver.
Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 4 August 2019

For some reason, it's mildly amusing that Elly doesn't realize that Liz is only going to a kiddie pool when she loads her up with instructions that end up making her look stupid.

Panel 1: We start things off with a smiling, excited Liz responding to something that Dawn has just said by saying "She does? I can?"

Panel 2: We introduce conflict in the proceedings when Liz tells Dawn she's gotta run this by her mother first.

Panel 3: A while later, we find ourselves in the kitchen watching Elly type up some paperwork as Liz tells her that Dawn says that she can go to her cousin's place with them because she has a pool.

Panel 4: Since this is the Sundayverse, Elly doesn't dig in her heels. What she does is remind her to bring a towel and ask if she's got her bathing suit with her. Liz says that she's wearing it.

Panel 5: When Elly reminds her about sun protection, the pool safety rules and wonders if there is adequate supervision, Liz rolls her eyes in frustration as she mutters Uh-huh.

Panel 6: Elly hands her a snorkel, mask and flippers and tells her to share.

Panel 7: After Liz leaves, Elly yells "Be good, be careful and have fun" at the back of her head.

Panel 8: It would appear that Liz forgot to ask what size the pool is. This is because she looks rather a lot like Alix Stone because she's in a kiddy pool with swim fins and diving gear. Unlike Alix, she doesn't appear to be enjoying it because she's wedged in with Dawn and her cousin as the silhouettes of Carol and her sister talk amongst themselves.

Summary: Leaving aside how dangerous them things are, it's sort of obvious that howtheduck is right about Liz being too old for sight gags like this. Time for April to fool all of us.