October 21st, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Them From There.

Given that most syndicated comic strips seem to be by, of and for small-minded people stuck in the past, it should come as no real surprise that the Pattersons aren't unique in preaching the Teens-as-monsters gospel that litters the page. We get to why that is when Mike sort of hugs Elly but doesn't want to be seen doing it because it might get him razzed by the guys. This points us to something that none of the adults in the strip want to have to face.

This same phenomenon is pointed to when we have to remember the depressingly stupid spectacle of Elly bawling her eyes out because Lizzie went to a stranger with her problems instead of turning to Mommy like a little kiddie of two years old with a booboo. Simply put, at some point, children start to see their parents as part of the problem instead of part of the solution because they see themselves as being more mature than they are and make the mistake of thinking that what's happening to them is happening for the first time to anyone ever. Mike can't be the smiling, upbeat creature people shopping for an emotional crutch need because he thinks that he's being unfairly held down. The problem is that this leads to his being unfairly held down because his parents are boomer morons who never outgrew the adolescent habit of thinking that they're the first people ever to have to had to deal with a moody goofola of a kid.