dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

"Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Foobery"

Something that always bothered me was that Mike never really got over resenting the fact that Liz was born. Even now, he seems to go out of his way to antagonize her and, furthermore, does so with a clean conscience. You'd think that he'd ask himself why he was doing that when he knew it was wrong but since he blows off his kids despite knowing that'll fuck them up, you get someone who doesn't care about the damage he causes because his issues come first. Why did he get that way? His parents dropped the ball. They didn't notice that their son had developed two dangerously silly notions about their decision to have a second child. The more obvious one came soon after she arrived. He started to notice that behavior that was perfectly fine with them before Elizabeth arrived stopped being so. He also noticed that they were a lot happier beforehand. Since he was a tiny little boy, he came up with the conclusion that Lizzie was the problem and if she could somehow be made to vanish, his family would be happy again. The second, and far more insidious and destructive, notion was that they had another kid because they stopped loving him. Again, he saw a lot of evidence that suggested to his underdeveloped mind that they no longer had any use for him. You know and I know he should have known better but he was FIVE YEARS OLD. Why was this sort of thing left to fester? His parents were and are imbeciles. John, as you no doubt recall, was and is a brash goof who doesn't have too much in the way of insight into other people's minds. It took him the better part of a year to realize that April felt like an afterthought, after all. He wouldn't have picked up on that. He's probably still trying to puzzle it out. Elly is a different story though. She probably realized that Mike could feel that way and then promptly dismissed the notion as being too absurd to dignify. She knew better, you see. I'd say, and I may be off-base here, she didn't stop to console Mike because she didn't feel she had to. Since she thought that his emotional needs were addressed, she was as baffled as her husband as to why he was such a pain in the ass. If she'd taken some time out of her day to reassure her son that they didn't expect him to fade into the background, that there was room enough in their hearts for him, we wouldn't be where we are now. That, sadly, would mean that they communicated real feelings instead of dispensing glurge.
Tags: child rearing disasters, john: little tin god or petty tyrant?, mikerobe: the universal infant, sheet shaver

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