dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Mike's Real Best Friend: the Pattermanse.

As we all know, people tend to anthropomorphize the objects that surround them; who hasn't seen someone act as if a piece of furniture or appliance has a hostile will of its own when they trip over it or bump into it or refer to their car as if it were a living thing? As we get older, this tendency fades from our minds; this is because it's a holdover from our youth. The five-year-old who saw the armchair as a hostile, vengeful force out to get him grows into the adult who remembers tripping because he didn't look where he was going. Given that Mike was the victim of inadequate parenting, he retains certain child-like attributes; one of them is the tendency to see the inanimate as being alive in some form. He still, for instance, thinks that the Pattermanse misses his presence and must somehow have Pattersons living in it to be happy. This is why he objected to the idea of living in the Tiny Train House; if he'd done that, it would be entirely possible that the Old Patterson Place would end up without Pattersons in it someday. Since he couldn't bear to sadden his beloved house by depriving it of Pattersons, he had to do what he did.

Tags: child rearing disasters, mikerobe: the universal infant

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