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Jumped-up Johnny: the other maturity gap....

As we've seen so many times before, Elly wasted most of her time and all of Mike, Liz and April's childhood haunted by the delusion that she wasn't regarded as a full-fledged adult. Her fear that she didn't measure up maturity-wise is most of the reason that she takes herself and everything else too damned seriously; in her mind, she can't be seen to be enjoying things or else "people" (by which, of course, I mean the echo of Marian that lives in her head) will start thinking that she, like all frivolous children, isn't in the right frame of mind to parent. This would be bad enough had she not married a man who doesn't want his folks hanging around so as to avoid being treated like a kid. We don't see that much of Will or Carrie but when they appear, they act the way you'd expect them to and treat him not as J.W. Patterson, DDS but as the little Johnny who they'd brought into the world. Just as it is with Elly and her parents, John sincerely wishes that his parents would stop aging so he could catch up. He also spends way too much time living in fear that he'll be 'outed' as being immature and thus an unfit parent so he too is a parent of the deadly serious persuasion. Five bucks says that none of the kids have ever heard him laugh for the sheer hell of it.
Tags: john - grinning weirdo
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