dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Counting on the Pattersons and other crapshoots.....

As we've seen and will see, about the only times that the Pattersons participate in pageants, band drives, bake sales and school dances is when they can get something out of it. It doesn't matter if the coin is praise or (as in the case of Mike's school dance) the ability to save him from dangerous body language, any idiot can see that John and Elly want something in return for helping. They also tend to pick up very quickly on two other facts. The first fact is that the Pattersons assume that every other person they meet must also be motivated primarily by the need to enrich him- or herself and, when confronted by evidence that that is not the case, bleat about family politics. They also realize that they believe themselves to be a thing they are not: active presences in their community and their children's lives. Since they know better than to waste time arguing with stupid, crazy people, they generally smile, nod and let the Pattersons say something whose hypocrisy is hidden from them by protective imbecility.
Tags: one big oblivious family

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