dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2

The secondary effect of medical missions.

To continue merrily on from yesterday, I should think that there would be another after-effect of John going overseas that Elly wouldn't like. Said side effect of his actually encountering refugees who lived in war zones would be rather a nasty surprise that would tend to "lessen" his effectiveness as a proper Patterson parent in that it would tend to make him shut up about problem hair.

You see, most of the reason why he and the gang currently get away with pulling that filthy trick on the kids in order to shut them up and make them feel guilty when they just need to vent their frustrations like everyone else is that they don't actually know what they're talking about. Actual exposure to that world and actually having it explained to him that the people down there hate like fire the idea of being used as cautionary examples might tend to finally get him to admit that yes, he and his family are blessed and yes, he's a rather sort of horrid fellow for blathering on about what children owe him.

This means that when he got back home, he'd tend to say unhelpful things about how Eva Warzone should shut up about things and how maybe he was out of line acting as if the kids were freeloading off of him. Since that would clash with Elly's discontent, she'd end up thinking that she'd rather had have him step out on her than be brainwashed into being a sucker.
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