dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

"Give till it hurts someone else"

It should come as no real surprise that someone as vain, self-absorbed and materialistic as Elly would have a hard time parting with possessions that make her feel good about herself or that, by her judgment, could someday come in handy. We see this when she jealously defends her right to fill the freezer with food that has been freezer-burnt past the point of edibility and why she saves the meaningless debris of an ill-spent life. Others might question the need to hoard old containers, dishes used by dead pets, scrap-books full of clippings whose purpose she's forgotten, slides of places she can't remember having gone to and people who she cannot identify and toys that will never be used. It should also come as no shock to learn that she really has no respect for the belongings of others; she thinks nothing of giving away toys she doesn't like without the approval or prior knowledge of her kids. What astonishes her more than their having the mental focus to notice the absent belongings is their missing said items; since they mean nothing to her, they should mean nothing to her kids as well. Sadly, she manages to raise her children to also disrespect the space of others. This is why Mike got into a pointless and hateful feud with the Kelpfroths and why Liz rewarded a thief by letting him keep Jim's harmonica; the two adult delinquents couldn't understand why people wanted to make them feel bad simply because they violated their personal space.

Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self
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