dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Lynn Johnston: Failure is the only option.

Let's take a good gander at the idiot behind the drawing board. She, by her own admission, had to overcome many obstacles but finally achieved some measure of success. You'd think she'd be happy with her life as it is but based on her need to rewrite history, she's not. There must be some REASON why she needs this thing as an outlet for her frustrations. You'd think by comparing her real life to the desired reality in FBoFW she sees herself as a failure. Granted, her first marriage was, to put it kindly, a disaster. She's married her high-school sweetheart, but instead of living happily ever after like in the movies, her marriage collapsed and she found herself a single mother forced to WORK to support herself and her son. THAT wasn't supposed to happen. It was supposed to be 'Stand by you man' and all that, with Mom chained to the kitchen. She also wasn't the most attentive or caring mother in the world, either. The poor woman believed in the myth of the maternal instinct and was caught flat-footed by her incapacity to deal with the boy. She was forced to seek out help from a kindly outsider, thereby scandalously airing her dirty linen in public. Even though she found herself in a reasonably content second marriage with a child she could actually cope with, she STILL wasn't happy. The sticking point there was the fact that what she thought of as a simple hobby, namely FBoFW, blossomed onto a career. She was actually bringing in a little more money than her husband and frankly was a lot better known. Her two children were and are a source of discontent. They, instead of the constant presences in her daily life she clearly desires, are forthrightly independent, living their lives on their own terms. They'd only seek out her assistance in the most dire of emergencies, and even then with great reluctance. You and I would look on her many positive accomplishments (fame, money, raising two reasonably solid citizens) as a source of pride, not shame. The fact that Lynn is mortified by what she sees as sixty years of disappointments means she's a failure after all.
Tags: lynn versus the real world

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