dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Crash test Michael

As we all know, Elly’s self-absorbed brooding is taking its toll on her children; that’s, of course, because she’s too focused on the minor inconveniences of daily life to enjoy the blessings she has and too paranoid to accept that her children aren’t tormenting her on purpose. Through no fault of their own, they simply cannot get the affection and attention they need from the unyielding rock that is their mother. This leads, as I’ve mentioned before, to their seeking it in unproductive ways. Mike’s way of seeking approval was for the most part accepting dares from people who wanted to exploit the local gullible dummy. The chief of these nasty people was, of course, Lawrence; time and again we see him barely able to contain his delight when he goaded Mike into doing something stupid and destructive. It’s not hard to blame him, though; it’s not as if he’s the one that’s getting punished. Elly, you see, is too thick-headed to notice that Mike’s being played and too worried about what the neighbors might think to do anything but come down hard on her son. It would never occur to her to ask why he does things like this or to wonder if Mike needs better friends; it’s easier to plod along doing the same stupid things she always does so she can mope and scream about how unfair her life is and how people are always mistreating her.

Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self, lawrence: cosmic plaything, mikerobe: the universal infant

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