dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On Daycare in the Patterverse.

As we're going to see in the not-too-distant future, John will more or less agree that Lizzie is old enough to be put in day-care which will allow Elly the time to pursue that part-time job she's been talking about since like forever. When this happens, she'll end up facing two minor obstacles; the first, of course, is Annie. Not only does she not agree with the concept on general principle, she sort of misses being able to talk with (and be paid by) Elly; that's because even though there are other stay-at-home mothers in the neighborhood, they'd rather not associate with the dim-witted know-it-all who grins and grins and denies the obvious signs that her husband is unfaithful. About the only person who takes her seriously is the idiot dentist's wife who needs to feel bad about herself. The second obstacle is that Elly has great difficulty reconciling her children to daycare centers; both Liz and April get vocally upset upon realizing that Elly isn't going to be there. Elly herself tends to regard their screaming "MAMMA!!! WAN'MAMMA!" as an unfair attempt to make her feel bad about having an identity other than mother. The problem with this thinking is that the children tend to pick up on the idea that Elly doesn't seem to want to be around them that much and has to think about it when asked the simple question "Do you love me?" If Elly had it in her to reassure them that she isn't trying to ditch them, she'd have had an easier time of her life. Instead, she lets her ignorance, inability to identify with the needs of others and paranoia screw things up.
Tags: anne achronism, child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self

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