dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The greatest sacrifice.......

As I type this, it's been about a year or so since Lynn has started to annotate her strips; in that time, a pattern has emerged in that Lynn seems to not have very much to say about her children. Their own comments in Suddenly Silver hint as to why that is: her career clearly took precedence over being a parent. Most of the whining about freedom in the strip seems to have its source a woman trying very hard to justify her decision to let other people do the heavy lifting while she brought home the bacon.

The reason that I mention this is that it is nearly six years after the Telethon of Tedium. While Becky's failure to realize that she's supposedly wringing her hands menacingly as she plots April's ruin is in and of itself an annoyance, the more annoying part of the whole thing is having to remember that Shannon's mother was depicted as some sort of super-dedicated hero mom for heroically sacrificing her precious time and showing up for her daughter. The most annoying part was (of course) having to remember that April was in the wrong for expecting John and Elly to tear themselves away from whatever super-important thing they had to do to be there for her. Said super-important thing was sitting on their asses wondering why their children wanted to set the agenda and be the bosses of their parents or some such crap.

Given this arc and every blasted strip in which Michael selfishly guilt-trips Elly into staying home because he wants to destroy her freedom of expression and condemn her to the anonymous death of being a mere housewifefinds her occasional presence reassuring, it doesn't take too long to come up with a reason why the Pattersons see having to do something that the kids want as being a humiliation. Simply put, the same short-sighted selfishness, fear of humiliation and ludicrous persecution complex that translates having to feed, house and clothes helpless children as being taken advantage of turns having to do things for the children as being a humiliation, as a loss. Having to go to a telethon and be there to provide moral support isn't the least a person who has nothing better to do can do, it's an act of martyrdom because children aren't supposed to dictate to their parents.

That being said, you can't tell them that they're being petty assholes. After all, the idiot vanity of the Patterswine insulates them from the realization that most people think of them as lazy, selfish failures who blame their kids for their own ineptitude. After all, John is just as deaf to the question "And just how is it that a seven year old boy is supposed to fend for himself, Train Douchebag?"
Tags: child rearing disasters, the pattersons versus reality.

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