May 15th, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 17 May 2020

The one where Liz makes a studied effort to not notice Elly trying to cheer her on.

(Original Publication Date, 5 May 1991)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in the school auditorium watching Elly ask people to excuse her as she finds her seat. A sign in the background indicates that we're watching a Spring Concert.

Panel 2: As she sits down, Elly is grateful to be there just in time.

Panel 3: Since she's in the rear of the auditorium, Elly tells herself "There's Elizabeth! There's my daughter on stage! She'll never see me way back here!!"

Panel 4: She then thought-bubbles "Can she see me if I wave?"

Panel 5: Elly then stands up and waves because she thinks Liz will be disappointed if she thinks she didn't come.

Panel 6: She continues to wave to make sure Liz notices her.

Panel 7: She is seen to be the only person doing this.

Panel 8: on stage, someone identified as Shawna-Marie tells Elizabeth that her mother is in the audience. Liz knows this.

Panel 9: She's been trying not to notice.

Summary: This is yet another example in which Elly fails to realize that a normal stage of development is "Not being seen as hanging off of Mommy's arms all the time."