dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Life in a bubble..

My post Friday is an example of one of the things that's really, truly wrong with the Patterclan: their failure to communicate with each other. They, as far as I can see, all make the same silly mistake; they assume that since the other person isn't interested in exactly the same things they are, they have nothing worth saying. April assumes all John wants to talk about is 'trainstrainstrainstrains' because that's what he generally talks about so she tunes him out and misses out when he actually talks about something substantive. Likewise, he assumes all that concerns her is high school stuff (and he's far too important to listen to that, anyway) so he has no real idea what's going on in her life. Liz is far too caught up in her desparate quest to avoid becoming (gasp, choke) an OLD MAID to listen to anyone while Elly and Mike have their heads jammed too far up their asses to care what other people think. The end result is that an outsider encountering them all for the first time would assume that he's meeting five strangers who have the same last name.
Tags: john: little tin god or petty tyrant?, liz: whining martyr, mikerobe: the universal infant

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