dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Musings on an empty nest.

The recent strip in which Elly wonders what her life would have been like had she not had children remind me of the one fact about herself that Elly is quite unwilling to face. Just as John isn't willing to admit that he's something of a bastard and just as Mike is reluctant to own up to not having much in the way of common sense, Elly simply isn't willing to admit that she's never happy with her life. She blames John for her discontent with the world, she blames her children, her brother, her dog, men in general, the fashion industry in particular, her parents, Hell, she'd even blame God for making her feel bad about everything but she cannot seem to admit that she simply cannot take pleasure in anything. The world is filled with fences that have greener grass on the other side and Elly wants to graze in all of them. 

This means that (as forworse said) if Elly had never had married or had children, she could not possibly bring herself to clean her apartment, get a real job, finish that novel sitting in her desk drawer gathering dust, get that post-grad degree or anything because she had all that maternal drive going to waste and thus cannot really do much of anything. No wonder Mike wanted to be the baby again; he learned to envy people from someone consumed by it. 
Tags: elly on her cross

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