May 5th, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

"I'm not going to get angry": the not-looking-at-kids syndrome.

The interesting thing about the whole "THEY will look at me as if I'm BAD if I let you keep up with the other kids" crap I talked about yesterday is that, as always, Elly reacted to something Lizzie said with her back turned to her, her eyes shut and her face all twisted up as if she smelled something awful. The body language, as I said before, is quite clear in its meaning and is indicative of Elly being so offended by the person telling her something she doesn't want to debate that he or she is so terrible and awful that decent people like her cannot be expected to look at the guilty person saying the terrible thing.

In most cases, the terrible, awful thing that the child is seen to be doing is challenging Elly's authority. What Lizzie is saying is that this other child Paula is making her feel like crap and she wants to feel good about herself again. What Elly hears is that this girl Paula wants to run an adult's life for her. Since Elly is all about who gets to be in charge, she mistakes peer pressure as a plot by awful children to usurp rightful adult authority and be cruel dictators and so on and so forth. Given that we're dealing with a woman who thinks that six-month old children and embryos plot against adult authority, it's not hard to see her look at some generic kid playing a high-stakes game of dress-up and see some monster who wants to over-rule her and dominate her and laugh at her for wanting to exercise authority. Given that Elly is also a rock-stupid imbecile who actually said that she wanted to blow up Mrs Baird's fridge instead of just thinking it, she'd probably say exactly that in the hopes of garnering sympathy only to terrify and alienate any potential friends she might have otherwise made had she been raised to think for herself.