(Strip Number 345, Original Publication Date, 23 November 1982)
Panel 1: We start off with Mike taking off his jacket after playing with a friend; as he does so, Elly asks him why he's so late coming home.
Panel 2: We can safely declare a tentacle-finger alert as she reminds him that he's supposed to phone if he goes to someone else's house.
Panel 3: As she puts something in the cupboard, she then tells him that he's to come home, change and tell her where he's going after school.
Panel 4: Mike's exasperated "Come on, Mom; I'm almost eight" allows us to declare a stupid pleading splayed hands gesture alert; Elly's acting as if it had never occurred to her that his reaction would most likely be this one allows us to declare a bug-eyed-glare-of-existential-horror alert.
Summary: Since Elly really doesn't bother herself with silly, pointless and ultimately unfair questions like "What do my children think of me?" or "Exactly how grown up do they think they are?", she'll keep on being shocked, confused and traumatized when reality keeps on not being like the social message films she thinks are what life is like.