August 20th, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 22 August 2020

The one where Liz reminds us that she's too damned old to be a kid saying the darnedest things.

(Original Publication Date, 24 August 1991)

Panel 1: It's a few days after the whole Exile Farm thing and we find Elly changing April's diaper. As she does so, the telephone ring.

Panel 2: It would be really handy if the Robot from Lost In Space were to show up and yell "WARNING! WARNING! MISTAKE IN PROGRESS!" because Elly is too busy putting April in the jolly jumper to answer so asks Liz if she can do it. This is because she forgets that Liz has yet to enter her decade-long awkward phase and must perforce be every kid Art Linkletter ever interviewed. Also, that's a shit-stupid shortcut that's all kinds of dangerous so Elly has no real right to call Liz stupid.

Panel 3: As Elly hangs the jolly jumper on the door with April in it to save time and also make Lynn write a chirpy, defensive Lynnsight about how unfair people are to busy mothers, she overhears Liz confirm that yes, she is at home.

Panel 4: When Liz says something a much younger and stupider child would say and tells whoever's on the live that she's busy hanging the baby, Elly freaks the Hell out.

Summary: She isn't going to be reassured when the caller successfully interprets Preschooler Joke into English, I think. Ah, well, next week, she spends entirely too long howling that her life is all used up and gone.
Snarky Candiru2

Exit Dumb Toddler Jokes, Enter Teenage Angst.

The very interesting thing about the lead-in to Elly wailing about how ooooooooold she is next week is not that she's going to have her daily attack of amnesia and start running her mouth about how suddenly, she looks in the mirror and sees her too old to live or love mother gazing back at her. The very interesting thing is that it's one of the last examples of humour based on Liz being ill-informed and immature.

This is because when September comes, what used to be the sporadic event of Elly howling that her children were growing up faster than she could keep up because Liz wants to wear things not age-appropriate to fit in with her classmates becomes more of a pitched battle:

because Liz has started to notice boys:

(Of course, she's too dense to notice when boys notice her but that leads into what we might call her immolation on the pyre of filial piety turned toxic.)
which, of course, leads to Elly losing her tiny mind because while she cannot co-exist with people, she also fears solitude:

and making more pious and ill-informed noise about how 'real' friends don't care what you wear despite probably having spent her own youth whining to her own mother about fitting in with the crowd:


Add in a father more interested in mechanical solutions to emotional problems:


it's kind of no wonder that she doesn't waste a lot of time talking to the cement-headed mother she's still kind of afraid of: