dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Good avarice, bad avarice.

Of course, complaining about how children are too hasty to wait for their elders to get ready to share in the magic is not the only aggravating, child-hostile tradition that we have to endure. Elly's clucking her tongue about how greedy kids are is as traditional as complaining about endless ads and as hypocritical as all get-out. While part of me wants to think that Elly thinks that they shouldn't want to have things that make her life worse, most of me thinks that she feels let down because she never seems to get what she wants: praise for the love in her great big heart. She wouldn't mind all of the toys if the children would just admit that she deserves to be praised non-stop for being thoughtful and generous and loving and kind and intelligent and a host of other things she ain't. This means that her greed for compliments and flattery is good while their wanting keen gear is bad.

Well, there's that and her expectation that she should be praised for going the extra mile to wrap the presents in a pleasing manner. Not only is she disappointed by the kids' refusal to slobber over how thoughtful and generous she is, her creativity is denied thereby making the present-opening process something she doesn't especially care for.
Tags: elly versus her family

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