dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly’s either-or blues…..

It seems to me that Elly’s real problem in life is her lack of imagination. As we saw this week, she believes that she can either cook like a great chef or turn out stuff that’s pretty much dog food night after endless night; she can’t simply dress up the stuff she cooks every day or vary what she serves like other people do. Establishing Thursday night as pork chop night would, in my opinion, take mental resources she doesn’t have. It’s also why she can’t see that she has choices that aren’t “dully repetitive domestic routine” and “soul-destroying job in the service industry”; she could, for instance, take up a hobby, take exercising seriously, she could do any number of things to make her life better but she never will; that’s because she can’t see the happy middle ground between the two misery-inducing extremes she views as the only real choices. This odd love of either-or thinking is also why she dropped the ball with the offsprings; either she was hovering over them and yelling or she had no idea what they were doing. The path of balance that she was meant to travel is the one her blinkered vision hid from her.

Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self

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