dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Friday, 3 December 2010

Today's strip shows us why putting a seven-year old in charge of a toddler is a stupid idea; it's annoying to see one kid who doesn't really understand time berate someone younger for the same thing he's guilty of. It's almost as annoying as having to remember that Lynn's notes aren't going to show any sign that she doesn't see how wrong this is.

(Strip Number 4098, Original Publication Date, 4 December 2010

Panel 1: We start off with Mike telling Lizzie that Gramma and Grampa Patterson are coming over for Christmas. Lizzie says "Wanna see them NOW!!"

Panel 2: He then tries to explain that they have to fly in a big plane all the way from Winnipeg; this gets her to yell "Wanna go NOW! Go big plane!!"

Panel 3: His attempt to tell her that they're not coming for a long time yet is answered by her wailing that she wanna see Gamma NOW!!!!!

Panel 4: He walks off muttering "Kids."

Summary: LynnMike's ability to understand small children never did evolve much. Despite not having kids, I would have held off telling Lizzie about this until they were about to meet Will and Carrie at Pearson International; that's because I remember that in real life, a two-year old like Lizzie wouldn't understand place, causality, ontological inertia or time just yet so telling her about concepts that she couldn't understand (such as Winnipeg or three weeks from now or Gammy and Gampy Patterson) would simply get her upset over nothing. The four year old who was upset that Lynn's parents wouldn't be in Lynn Lake for another three weeks yet is one thing because it makes sense for a child that's four to think and act like this; a two year old thinks that the world and everyone in it vanishes into nonexistence when she's not looking at it so this conversation makes no sense.

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