dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Lawn-mower Morons.

As I type this, I do so in the knowledge that we're in for a very telling zits and vacuuming arc in which Mike is berated for finding unrewarding yard work unrewarding. The reason that I mention this is that when we contrast his eagerness to help the kindly old lady who used to live next door and his being a more thoughtful person at school than he is at home, we remind ourselves of a blind spot that John and Elly have: they don't believe in making the person doing chores feel good about doing them because they think that since they don't throw them out to fend for themselves, they're owed free labour.

This presumptuous need to turn a moral obligation into sleazy blackmail would be bad enough were it not for their stupid, irrational and destructive fear of smiling and having fun where the kids can see them. For some idiotic reason, they live in a mad world wherein if they're known to be able to laugh, the kids will never obey them. This results in kids who fear growing up and behaving maturely because they think that once they turn twenty, they're never going to laugh or smile or enjoy life ever again. They'll be grim, grey and joyless old fogeys who aren't even going to notice when they die like Mom and Dad (because they're not really alive in the first place) are and this is supposed to be good.
Tags: blind spot theatre, john and elly fail parenting forever

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