dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

The interesting thing about Elly and John is that while they insist that their children should live within a half-an-hours' walk of the two of them is that they could not wait to leave the places they were born and never really look back except when they have to adjust their children's attitudes for them. While John is okay in that the sleepy little farm town he spent his teen years in hasn't really changed substantively since the late sixties, Elly has something of a different problem: selfish people keep on changing things without considering her and Phil's feelings. What bothers me about all of this is that while it's normal for children to not deal with the fact that people do whatever the Hell they want with their property and lives without consulting them first at all well, you'd think that someone Elly's age would do what she and John kept telling the Martian to do during the Housening. The problem with assuming that Elly is willing to do something she expects of others is, well, we're dealing with someone who thinks that while everyone else has to adjust to life's demands and roll with the punches and all that jazz, she herself is a special snowflake who has to be protected from things that bother her. While her children have to arrange their lives to make her own easier, her life and her memories are sacred and cannot be interfered with by strangers because that would be just terrible.
Tags: elly versus the passage of time

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