dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Mike's independence day......

As you know, one of the most unlovely habits Elly has is her tendency to explode with rage and start ranting angrily when confronted with minor setbacks. This is frightening to someone who's never experienced it before. That's because you'd be walking down the street minding your business and not looking for trouble and, having inadvertently offended some nondescript housewife with a nose starting to turn into a trunk, were the unwitting target of a screeching fit in the middle of the shopping district. As you'd wondered what you'd done to get the crazy woman in the dowdy clothes to blow up in your face, you'd probably feel sorry for the little boy she had with her. You'd be right to do so; most of Mike's more anti-social behavior is the result of the following belief: "If I'm going to get yelled at no matter what I do, I might as well deserve it." The day that he realized that Elly is all sound and fury, signifying nothing, was the best day of his young life; as long as he could avoid John, who actually backed up his threats, he could make it through the day and all he'd have to do was fake taking his mother seriously.

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

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