dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 19 June 2010

In today's strip, Mike acts like a normal almost-seven year old and displays total bafflement about how the world works; too bad that his understanding of the world stalled somewhere around here. Otherwise the lives of those around him would have been less complicated.

(Strip Number 4022, Original Publication Date, 20 June 2010)

Panel 1: We fast-forward to bedtime; as Elly buttons up Mike's pajamas he asks howcome/how-come/how come Lawrence has to go to a sitter every day.

Panel 2: As she tucks him in, Elly explains that it's because his mother has to work.

Panel 3: She works so she can pay for their house, food, clothes and everything else.

Panel 4: Mike sits up and asks why she doesn't get the money from the bank like everyone else.

Summmary: A member of KAN would simply chuckle, say "kids say the darnedest things" and move on; I'm not that lazy. What this says is that Mike really doesn't understand how the world works; for instance, he has no idea how the bank gets its money or that life isn't as simple as it looks on TV. Also, Elly's constant screaming and whining about how being around kids is driving her crazy and her threats of (not to mention actual) violence when interrupted have convinced him that the only reason mothers work is that they hate their children and want to get away from them. The sad thing is that the only thing about him that changed was his vocabulary; his attitudes and opinions were set in stone when he was seven.

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