dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The discouragement factor redux.

Now that I've had a chance to think about my recent post, I'd like to examine another reason that Elly just doesn't seem to want to be bothered encouraging her children in their endeavors. Simply put, she'd rather not make the 'mistake' her parents made with Phil. From her distorted and self-serving perspective, they should not have encouraged him to live his life wrong and play 'discordant noise' that she can't master in five seconds flat; what they should have done is badger him to death about the need to settle down, get a job as an electrician that he hates, a wife he can't communicate with, children he can't stand and more or less be a miserable, whining waste of skin like her. The idea of his being happy doesn't enter into her calculations any more than it does when plotting how best to end up owning her children's horses; that's because Elly doesn't really believe in being happy. The poor, deluded idiot thinks that being known as a grim, frowning, humorless lump of negativity is the only way people will take her seriously. Since she won't let herself enjoy life, she'll be damned if the children are happy too.
Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self

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