April 16th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

On the hidden moral of For Better Or For Worse.

Of course, the real moral lesson of the whole ungodly mess with Martha is having to remember what it was that touched the whole thing off. After years of suspecting Martha was just playing with him because of his endless need to make himself the victim of all victims surpassing all others because he can't get his own way all the time, Michael had started to take her for granted and to forget that she had feelings and, worst of all, become a boring monomaniac focused on getting his learner's permit to the exclusion of all other concerns. Too bad that he still doesn't see that and makes windy noise about how life is a mysterious inevitability. Ah, well. It keeps him from killing himself in despair for playing his cards atrociously.

The reason he might think that Death is the answer is that History teaches us that he made the same mistake all of his family does when they're in the pursuit of a self-induced calamity: not paying attention to what's really important because he was too narrowly focused on bullshit concerns and trivia while ignoring things coming on head-long with the force of a locomotive. In this instance, said thing was Martha wondering what she had in common with this idiot any longer and wanting out; he'd have noticed this if he weren't a Patterson but he didn't and he's probably going to surprise Deanna one day by wailing about how Martha McRae dumped his ass just before his driver's test because, like his idiot parents, he's got messed-up priorities and always gets blindsided by the horrifyingly predictable. Eventually, he will wonder why there never seemed to be time to thank his mother while she was alive to appreciate it.