dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

The problem with panicking in Pattersonland.

As I said the other day, the Pattersons tend to love making mountains out of molehills and worrying about things that don’t actually matter. The example I gave was Elly having a meltdown because Liz wanted to ride a motorcycle; as I said, Elly probably thinks that the so-called Coming After was somehow related to Liz’s riding an unsafe vehicle. The problem I have with that is that, well, predators like Howard seem to have a favorite physical type to ‘come after’; my guess is that he’d have set his sights on Liz if she were driving a Buick Roadmaster, a Honda Accord or, to stretch an analogy to nearly the breaking point, a Sherman tank. You can’t, however, tell Elly anything of the kind; the same need to not be cheered up keeps her from admitting that the sky is not, after all, falling. If the results of Elly’s need to not be reassured weren’t so unappealing, she’d be sort of pathetic; however, we have to endure Mike’s endless quest for a Mommy who isn’t trying to ditch him, Liz’s yearning for parental approval and April being treated as if she stole Elly’s life all because she’s too busy racing around fearing the end of the world to actually parent. All this because she misinterpreted something Marian told her long ago; y'see, back when she and the kids went to Vancouver, she'd asked her mother when she could expect to start feeling like an adult. Marian's answer "You never do" did not do a damned thing to soothe Elly despite the fact that her life would be a lot better if she could, after all, reconcile herself to the fact that nobody has all the answers. Then again, if she could admit that she was just making it up as she went along and hoped that she didn't screw up too badly, she wouldn't be Elly.

Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self
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