dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On joint custody in the Foobisphere.

The other day, someone raised a very good point about how Lynn seems to see the world. Said point is that while there are allowed to be such things as step-families, there doesn't seem to be much room for joint custody in the strip. What happens in most cases is that one spouse abandons the other and becomes a distant presence in his or her children's lives. We started off with Greg's first wife taking off and only coming back into her daughter's lives after they were grown women and ended with Liz making her stupid comment about how she isn't her but she's here. The reason, I should think, is that we're dealing with Lynn not wanting to believe in something that she never experienced. Since Doug was a distant influence in Aaron's life and since she's at pains to assume that everyone's life experience is exactly like her own, the common-place of an ex reminding someone she likes that it's his or her week with the kid is not one she can believe in. Also, she'd as soon not risk being told about letters that tell her that said ex is a better parent than a Pattersaint.
Tags: lynn versus the real world

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