December 29th, 2017

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"What we have here is a failure to communicate in the approved way."

As you know, the next week is the first one in which Elly starts squawking about the world coming to an end because the children type up their thank-you letters to the relatives on the computer instead of doing them in longhand. Always and ever, she takes it far too personally that the way she wants people to communicate is being set aside because she sees having to sit behind the Scary Machine that makes her scared means to her that she as a person is being rejected. It is thus akin to how not appreciating her slop or her costume choices means an absolute rejection of her as a person. When you add that in the accompanying dreads of being obsolete and useless, her need to emulate what she thinks her mother is doing and her general lack of patience, it's easy to picture a 2018 that still has Elly being frustrated by those gizmos.

The reason that I mention this is that Mike is very much Elly's son and proved it three months ago when he decided that Martha was actually really making a fool of him all along because she failed to follow a school note protocol so stupid, it would be laughed at for being unworkable, unfair and needlessly punitive by a select committee of mean girls from the live action sitcoms broadcast on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. The idea seems to be that if he cannot force her to adopt his preferred means of communication, she's not a good person. The problem is that no one can quite manage to get him to see that he's doing to Martha what his mom is doing to him because he doesn't like admitting how much they have in common. This means that the Mike of 2018 is probably standing around looking like he's about to be neutered by a chain saw because Meredith is telling him that he still sees communication as fingers on a keyboard.
Snarky Candiru2

The free labour perplex

As we end the Exile Farm arc, let's remember why John and Elly are really complaining. They didn't mind one little bit that Mike got turned into a farmhand during the worst of an early Manitoba winter but objected vociferously to their own being made into the unpaid farmhands of an inept and lazy plowhand talking big. The reason why can be found in Fiona Brass's Liography when her dad tells her that she should know better than to think that what a child earns really belongs to her when it actually really belongs to the parents as payment for not casting her adrift like he sort of did.

I have no idea whence came John and Elly's Randroid blather about their children being parasites trying to leach off of them but the plain truth is that the two of them seem to insist that their children owe them and everyone in the world their labour for the horrible sacrifices that no one actually appears to have made. John might think that having to spend the money he earns on the wife and kiddies is a horrible imposition but it's what the society he doesn't want to believe exists expects of him and, well, let's face it: Elly is tied down no matter what she might want to think because kids simply can't fend for themselves despite her being bored with them. They can press-gang April into working at the store to protect her from having free time, they can connive to make children wear uniforms to protect her from wearing clothes that flatter her and make her feel good and they can commandeer what she buys in the belief that it's really their stuff to dispense with as they see fit but they're wronger than wrong to do so. All they're doing is creating someone who really can't function on her own in society and who ends up dependent on the kindness of strangers to exist.