dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Elder Sitter Perplex.

After reading one of the latest of the notes Lynn attaches to her strips, howtheduck noticed something odd: a consistent habit Lynn has of having someone either slightly older than she is or a lot older take care of her children while she's busy at the drawing board. We'd originally thought that Rod's mother was the first of Lynn's nannies but it seems that back when she was living in Metro Hamilton, she had a roommate Fran who'd taken care of Aaron while she was doing her freelancing work. This raised a red flag in his mind; it looked to him as if whenever John and Elly had either his or her parents swarm down from where they live and take care of the kids while they're off on their child-free vacations, we were not so much seeing the kids getting an Elly substitute as we were looking at an in-strip representation of her real living arrangements. What we're thus seeing when we have an older person try very hard to explain to Liz, Mike and April that their parents need a vacation from being around small children is a manifestation of how Lynn really didn't do all that much parenting in real life and relied on older people to do what she dared not: interact with the little strangers that insist on sharing her living space.
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