dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Freedom's just another word for overwork......

One of the oddest things about life with the Pattersons is seeing how ready the mothers are to palm the burden of child-raising off on someone else while they work long hours at a job that Lynn considers to be defeminizing only to come home, do a bunch of housework and not be appreciated or substantively assisted by whining idiot husbands who cower behind a newspaper rather than interact with the odd little pseudohumans called 'children'. Like Deanna would twenty-five years later, Elly seems to think that this sort of insane drving herself into the ground represents a brief and glorious taste of freedom from the crushing inevitability of the otherwise-inescapable horrors of motherhood. I'd mind the non-stop ranting about how she and Dee need to make their mark less if it were not accompanied by the premise that being a mother is supposed to be as inhumanly difficult as Lynn thinks it is.

Tags: one big oblivious family

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