dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On a certain forbidden question.

As we saw last Sunday and as we'll continue to see as the years go on, John and Elly really don't like it when the children try to explain what it is they're actually doing. The same mindset that assumes sight unseen that anything that inconveniences an adult can't possibly be innocent because otherwise said adult would be a jerk spoiling for a fight instead of a victim of defiance makes the children's clearly evil and defiant attempt to escape punishment for what has to have the worst possible explanation a crime worse than the original act. The problem is that every so often, proof that the children were actually telling the truth becomes so obvious that not even John and Elly's confirmation bias can turn black into white. This means that they get to ask a question no child is ever allowed to ask or think: "How was I supposed to know?"

John and Elly really hate that question because it alludes to a fact about themselves that they don't have the decency or courage to face. As the sequence in which Mike tries to explain that he had no earthly way of knowing that there was a baby in the house shows us, Elly makes the following default assumption in any given situation: "It would make my life easier if the people around me knew things that they cannot possibly know therefore I must assume that they do." Given that she also believes "People do the things they do solely to make me feel what I'm feeling and cannot be said to be doing otherwise," she can't help but assume that Mike must have known that she was babysitting and wanted to disrupt her life because he hates her. To give Michael the benefit of the doubt would mean that she has to deal with something she doesn't like. Said unliked thing is looking in the mirror, listening to herself and seeing an angry, stupid, bitter woman who hates children and doesn't understand anything at all.
Tags: elly on her cross, elly versus her family, the middle years

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