dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Instant adaptation takes too long.

Watching Elly try to stake her claim as being the victim of all victims surpassing all others of Connie's decision to leave town when Lawrence is a far more viable and sympathetic candidate to most of us reminds us of the real reason why Connie wanted to avoid any sort of real conversation about the move. As it will be during the Housening, the problem is that Connie looks at her child and assigns him beliefs and motives that aren't actually present. You and I see a child who simply wants to know where he stands and how long it will take for him for life to feel normal once more; Connie is Patterson-like enough to see someone who knows that he owes his mother instant compliance and instant cooperation but selfishly withholds it merely to create chaos and make his mother's life worse. The idea of slowing life down to adapt to a need adults fearfully and selfishly refuse to acknowledge lest they admit the terrible, cruel and wrong idea that people aren't vending machines plopped on the landscape to make their lives easier is a non-starter because it insists on another idea that an Elly or a Lynn can't acknowledge: the lives of the children in her vicinity matter as much as her own and deserve study.
Tags: child rearing disasters

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