Panel 1: We see Elly in her housecoat putting the trash out; she glares the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror because Mike, who's smiling and asking "Am I helpin' you, Ma?", doesn't realize that the bottom of the trash bag he's carrying has fallen out and spilled its contents down the driveway.
Summary: Since Elly's as smart as she is generous, she doesn't realize that Mike can't quite wrap his head around the idea that he's not tall enough to help yet. Also, since she's as kind as she is smart, she won't tell him that she knows he meant well and offer to help him clean up his honest mistake; her NEXT move will be, of course, to unhinge her jaws and yell at him for making work for her.
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