Now take this excerpt from Mike Patterson's June 2007 letter: April spends as little time at home as possible. I worry about her. This move is affecting her more than anyone else. She rarely complains but I know she's crying inside. As much as she loves us and the kids, she hates to give up her room, her space, her home.
And picture that situation in the Batiukverse. Suppose Summer had an older sibling who moved in, bringing their spouse and unruly pre-schoolers and turning the house into chaos. No WAY would Les tolerate that for more than a few weeks. It would be brought out in the open, Summer would get to state her case, the other sibling would get to state theirs, and Les would get the last word by saying that what he wanted more than anything was a harmonious household and a family that got along...and that wasn't happening unless this adult, with a spouse and children of their own, accepted their responsibility.
At least the bad things that happen in Westview are acknowledged as bad. I wish TB didn't pile one on top of the other so relentlessly, but it's still better than Lynn setting up dysfunctional situations and just letting them fester. People in Westview who "worry" about friends or family members TELL them so. Why can't people in Milborough do the same?