dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On knowing whether holidays are for real.

As we know, Lynn isn't exactly consistent when it comes to running strips on or about holidays and special occasions. While she never fails to show us a Christmas arc, she tends to flake out on other holidays and doesn't show Thanksgiving at all. It used to bother me that this was the case until I saw this strip in which Lizzie made a sort of leaden point about whether people who sent warm greetings meant it or whether they were just going through the motions because it was expected of them.

What this probably means is that since we can't really trust people to mean what they say when they say things, we can't really trust holidays to be anything more than an occasion to make hollow promises while sticking Elly with 'it all' like always. Given that the strip is supposed to be the life story of the Patterson family as told to Lynn and given that Elly talks the most, this need of hers to change the subject when she doesn't get what she wants explains why we never see most special occasions. Thanksgiving is the biggest casualty because they never seem to be thankful for her presence in their lives; since they don't 'really' mean it when they say they're happy to have her because if they did, they'd just stand around apologizing cravenly for every time she felt offended, the day is meaningless and thus not worthy of recollection.
Tags: elly patterson: universal imbecile., freefloating commentary

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