(Strip Number 6675, Original Publication Date, 24 January 1982)
Panel 1: We start off with Mike and Lawrence having a fine old time whapping each other over the head with sofa cushions and engaged in general horseplay. Mike giggles in a bit of pain as Lawrence scores a direct hit.
Panel 2: Now it's Mike's turn to hit back.
Panel 3: We then have a tableau of two kids horsing around while Lizzie watches. The bouncing, rattling around and mild mayhem is as mildly entertaining as it is temporary.
Panel 4: The reason it's temporary is invoked by Lawrence who tells Mike that uh oh, he thinks his mom is coming.
Panel 5: The original version has Mike bet Lawrence five cents that Elly will say that this is a house, not a playground; Lawrence will take that bet.
Panel 6: Sure enough, we hear an off-camera bellow of "Michael and Lawrence, this is a house, not a playground."
Panel 7: When Mike asks Lawrence to pay up, Lawrence tries to get him to go best two out of three.
Panel 8: Elly, having finally torn herself away from whatever long enough to see what the small ones are doing, asks what's going on; Mike and Lawrence say "Nothing" in unison.
Panel 9: As she walks away, Bug-eyed Elly thought-bubbles "Why do I get the feeling I've been had."
Summary: Where Lynn and I are on the same page is that children shouldn't actually tear up the room in the name of fun; where we part company is how to keep things from happening. Since I'm childless, she'll probably pooh-pooh my suggestions about preventing it. Keeping a closer eye on them or making sure they have more constructive ways of spending a stormy afternoon might seem rational but since I don't have kids, I don't know what I'm talking about.