dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Of Momtraps and ruffled overalls....

There's another factor besides Elly's questionable taste in color to consider when discussing her need to have Lizzie dressed just so; as we've seen and will see, there's a very real need that corresponds to some sort of emptiness within Elly that forces her to want to dress her child up like a little doll. As Lynn's own notes indicate, Elly has fallen into the bad habit of trying to gussy up an unwilling child in order to garner gushing praise from those who gurgle and squeak about cute children. My own experience teaches me that these are usually overweight maiden aunts who cannot get it through their thick skulls that small boys do not, repeat not, actually loooooooooooove being kissed by perfumed behemoths. Years of passive-aggressive sighing about how unfaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaair it is that she wants to make her loving Mommy saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad have, as I explained earlier, the effect of teaching Liz that Elly's groovetastically ugly color scheme is the best there is; it also tends to make her start thinking that the God-awful ruffled overalls that Mommy bought in bulk belong on a child instead of in a museum of obsolete and best-forgotten fashions. My guess is that she's right now getting into a huge, pointless, needless row with that weird Frenchy girl because Françoise wants to dress like a human being instead of blending in with the rest of the white trash. Her dislike for the garish color schemes, wretched eating habits and ploddingly stupid 'humor' of the Patterswine will, of course, be the focus of a lot of arch, ignorant commentary from the dimwitted naff dressed in the engineer's costume about her being a princess.
Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self, liz: whining martyr

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