dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Crazy Unprepared Elly.

The very odd thing about the 'Elly sits for Richard' arc is not just that Annie had to ambush Elly in order to actually get her to return the very big favor of having to watch over Mike and Lizzie whenever it was convenient. It also wasn't the fact that Elly is too blasted stupid and paranoid to understand that a frightened, colicky baby can't have an agenda. What most intrigued me was that I noticed that Michael was not only more inclined to treat Richard like a person than the screaming hindrance Elly saw him as being, he was also more prepared than Elly was for the eventuality that sooner or later, someone was going to drop a baby off at the house.

The reason that I mentioned this is that when I think of Elly, I don't just think of her as screaming her head off at her children for nothing or as filled with terrified rage when confronted with the inconsequential. I also think of her as being someone who's always woefully unprepared for any sort of emergency situation. The example of that which comes readiest to mind is how she spends the Middle Years completely out of her depth when dealing with the supposed rebellion and non-existent anarchy visited upon her by her placid and apathetic teenaged children. Rather than count her blessings that her kids are so bland and beige that they make the children on Family Circus look like members of the Manson Family, our hero will be so blasted unprepared for the least bit of normal behaviour that her empty head will spin like an old-time phonograph. Not, of course, that one can blame her totally. She does, after all, have to contend with the burden of being undermined by her idiot mother. More on that next.
Tags: elly on her cross, elly versus farley, the middle years

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