dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On pump organs and parenting the parents.

As I've said before, Elly and Phil state themselves to be arguing over who gets what material possession as a means of distracting themselves from having to contemplate their parents' mortality. The idea seems to be "as long as we're fighting about anything else, Mom and Dad won't grow old and die"...which impresses me as being a trifle wrong-headed and self-serving. Then again, most of what drives Elly is wrong-headed and self-serving because she impresses me as being soft and weak and silly and sentimental enough to think that when her parents both die, she'll be a poooooooor orphan girl all alone in a big, scary world.

This appears itself to be another distraction entirely because the argument actually is about who deserves the blasted thing more. Elly wants something big and heavy to dust and never be used because she wants to be rewarded for having to endure the unspeakable horror of having a sibling. Phil wants the thing to make Elly shut up and admit that her childhood was not the bleak horror story of stifled servility she needs it to be. What entertains me is that not only do the parents never learn this, it (as I have said before) would baffle them no end. It's just a piece of old junk neither of them need to struggle with, not some reward for being favorite child.

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