dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The stand-there-and-watch factor.

Here's an interesting little game to play when you're looking through the catalog; try to find an example of a child standing there passively watching something Elly and John will have to clean up happening and Elly's angry reaction to the same lack of initiative. I guarantee you that you won't lack for examples of this tendency. Another thing you won't lack is the look of baffled outrage when Elly complains about something that's otherwise desirable: the alarming tendency they have towards dimwitted passivity. Given that they're active when she needs them to be still and stand there like the grinning dummies they're supposed to be when she needs them to do things, you can't help but feel that we're looking at another example of her not understanding how children think at all. You and I would react to, say, Liz watching the automatic coffee maker spill its contents over the counter because Elly forgot to put the carafe under the filter and realize that she doesn't actually know if she's allowed to intervene and is playing it safe. Elly sees her as being deliberately lazy in order to martyr her.
Tags: elly versus her family

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