dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The lemonade stand at the end of Lawrence....

The interesting thing about this particular summer is that as we know and the Pattersons don't, Connie is about to pull up stakes for a very silly and weak reason. It bothers me a lot that most of why she left was not the reason she gave Elly about needing a fresh new start but in order to avoid pity and scorn that were never forthcoming. While she and Lawrence do eventually return, it's clear that the time apart means that there are simply certain parts of Mike's life that will never have him in it. This means that what Mike thought was going to be the annual thing of his opening up a lemonade stand with his BFF is going to take on a somewhat poignant coloration.

What I mean by this is that while there will be other summers with Lawrence and other stands but they aren't going to mean the same as they would have if Connie were less inclined to behave as if she were still in high school. After all, it IS his moving away that heralds in a transition from the Early to Middle years. The Mike of the middle years has to deal with a different set of problems, one of which is a Lawrence who's done things he hasn't been a part of.
Tags: connie: the real lynn, lawrence: cosmic plaything

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