dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Deanna in the headlights: a mystery resolved.

I think it's safe to say that most people are aware that children perceive the world around them in a manner that adults do not. This may be from time to time an inconvenience but it's one most people have to take into consideration. The Pattersons are not most people. The last twenty eight years and five months are filled with examples of parents and children at cross purposes because the adult simply cannot look at things through a child's perspective. Why else would John have zoomed by amusement parks on his cross-country trip so as to talk to some boring gits? He wasn't being deliberately cruel. That would require thought. Liz and April's pleas to do something they might enjoy simply never occured to Captain Daddy and the Missus. And as for Elly herself, her testy failure of the imagination has warped her children for life. They, too, fail to realize that children might not want what they want for them. Sadly, Mike married a woman with the same character defect. Deanna's constant expression of bewilderment comes from her never realizing that a child does not see the world as a grown woman would.
Tags: child rearing disasters, one big oblivious family

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