dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Self-pity and the Pitter-Pattersons...

As I've mentioned on many an occasion, the Pattersons and their friends love to wallow in self-pity so they can avoid facing up to having done wrong. Over the years we've seen:

- Mike's tormenting Liz being justified by his complaints of persecution and injustice.

- John feeling like he was the wronged one after Elly calls him out for yet another impulse purchase.

- Elizabeth sitting in her room filled with angst because her parents are too busy cleaning up after Mike and don't have the time or energy to satisfy her insatiable hunger for approval.

- April's denials that she was the aggressor in the collapse of her friendship with Becky.

- Elly herself moan and groan because she'd outsmarted herself by running away from her parents and marrying John, who expected her to live up to her insincere claims to love kids and housework.

- Deanna's constant claims that her mother is trying to control her life when we see a kindly, albeit abrupt, woman who wants to look out for her child.

- Anthony's moaning that he has no home because Therese, a woman he won't ever cut a break, expected him to live up to a promise he made with his fingers crossed.

It occurs to me that, sooner or later, Meredith and Robin will pick up a nasty habit from their environment. Sometime in the not-to-distant future, someone is going to howl that she had no choice but to do something to her kid brother, that he had to welch on a promise. We don't have to see them to know they'll whine that their actions aren't their fault.
Tags: child rearing disasters, jonbenet, one big oblivious family, pattersons vs the world, poopie pants

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