February 22nd, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

How Elly's being a jerk led to Martha getting a gross valentine...

The interesting thing about Elly is that like a lot of parents, she feels threatened by the way her children express themselves. While it looks on the surface to be just another example of a parent being driven up the wall by being talked back to and being described as being born old, crabby and propelled by the need to avenge herself on children who, unlike her, can enjoy life, it's not nearly that cut and dry. It seems to me that she sees their becoming independent as meaning that her life has no purpose to it at all. To her, the empty nest means a life devoid of meaning. This results in her deciding to make sure that her kids don't get any funny ideas about doing stuff on their own.

Last week's example of this trend was her not being about to give Mike a choice as to how to go about dealing with his Valentine's Day cards. The same woman who got her arse in an uproar because he wanted to wear an evil punk rocker costume just to be wrong and because he hated her and all the love in her great big heart didn't trust him to do that simple little chore in the way that suited him. She, of course, sees herself as saving him from a very wrong idea about how he should be the person who gets to decide who he is and what he likes. This tells me that she probably picked out the most ridiculously saccharine and bland cards imaginable because she needs to save him from being who he wants to be. The end result of her constant crusade to erase any evil and scary sign that since he's a person in his own right and not an extension of herself that her life is completely worthless is that Michael went through an extended phase of being attracted to the grotesque that he might otherwise not have had were his vain imbecile of a mother not fixated on the paranoid delusion that everyone is out to ruin and humiliate her and make her life meaningless.

What this led to was his deciding sight unseen that Martha would be somehow impressed his marching to the beat of his own drummer when he decided to give her a gross-out Valentine that actively insulted her. Since he can't see past his own nose, he's still trying to figure out why it is that she was pissed at him for calling her stupid when she should have been praising him for speaking with a voice he wouldn't have used if his dumb-ass mother would have left well enough alone. Not, of course, that he can see exactly how much Elly's belief that his being a person in his own right erased her as a person warped him. The poor dodo is probably cravenly grateful that she set him on the path that works out best for just her.
Indignant Candiru

The Idiot Plot Against Farley.

The problem with trying to apply common sense to the whole "Death Of Farley" situation is that Lynn seems to have certain fixed preconceptions as to how the world works and tends to react to any sort of murmur of disagreement with either a flippant remark or a sullen accusation of persecution. While I have made a bit of a meal of her not seeing how much drama she could derive from the Pattersons having to take Farley down to the vet to be put down, it seems to me that her inability to see that they'd be stuck with a difficult and painful decision that resulted in a heart-wrenching necessity that they'd be dealing with for years to come isn't the only means by which her lack of vision screws things up.

First off, we have to deal with her insistence that There Must Be Continuity as a means of stiff-arming objections to the concept that any new pet the Pattersons might get when they feel up to pet ownership again must be Farley's offspring. The objection seems to be that if they just go down to a shelter to pick up some random dog whose origins they don't know, any connection to Mrs Baird would be lost and so on and so forth. This despite the fact that most of the people who cried when Farley died had to wait until 2008 to learn where the Pattersons got Farley in the first place.

Second, she doesn't seem to want to face up to how stupid, reckless and unsympathetic the Pattersons in general and Elly in particular ended up looking. This habit of hers of assuming that people understand things as she does failed her when it ended up looking as if Elly was too damned stupid to understand how to talk to her child, too lazy to bother neutering Farley and too blasted cold-hearted to realize how scared April was after nearly drowning. All Elly seems to have learned is that for reasons that no one would ever be able to comprehend, nearly dying made April clingy and panicky around water.

Lastly, it looked to all the world that they all just shrugged, said "Oh, well. Farley's dead. That's too bad but we've got a new dog so we don't really have to care" owing to her seeming belief that showing the Pattersons feeling strong emotions would scare people away. We had to contend with the same noise when she told people off about how boring the Fauxposal had to be for much the same reason.