dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

I'm not listening to me......

In my haste to discuss how the reliance on platitudes that they don't live by has failed John and Elly as parents, I forgot that every so often, something happens that they don't like: hearing their own words repeated back to them. What generally happens is that Elly happens to overhear one of the children playing while faithfully repeating the angry lecturing that pours non-stop from Elly's mouth. Suffice to say, the woman much like being reminded that her children tend to regard her as a frowny-faced old killjoy who they can never, ever please and who is incapable of enjoying herself. One of the less appealing catastrophes this sort of behavior causes is that, judging from Mike's present-day realization that Elly spent her nights agonizing that she might have over-reacted, it will take until 2020 for the children to realize that she isn't an ogre with all the answers but rather a confused woman who didn't know what she was doing half the time. The Mike we see now, of course, thinks that Elly thinks she knows everything and enjoys tormenting him with arbitrary rules because she hates him.
Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self

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