dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Thursday, 11 August 2011

In today's strip, Lynn reminds us that the Richards women never quite stop thinking of their children as entities that need mothering.

(Strip Number 4207, Original Publication Date, 12 August 1982)

Panel 1: As Elly watches Mike and Lizzie playing, she thought-bubbles that while they're growing up, she still thinks of them as her babies.

Panel 2: She then wonders when she's going to let them grow up; she probably means to think "When am I going to think of them as grown-ups?" but since her thought-processes are warped, we get mush like this.

Panel 3: She then asks Marian if she thinks of her as her baby; Marian says no.

Panel 4: Her telling Elly to finish off her plate and drink her tea before it gets cold surprises Elly and reminds us that she still thinks of Elly as being the nasty seven-year old she acts like most of the time.

Summary: If Marian were cursed with telepathy, the realization that her daughter thinks that she gets to decide when her children are grown would astonish and baffle her; not only is that out of her hands, she'd wonder when Elly started acting mature in the first place.

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