dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Smile, damn it, smile: What John sees Lizzie as being for.

I think you'll agree that John, he's got it pretty sweet. He's got a great job, he's got a wife willing to put up with his bullshit, he's got great kids and he's pretty much got at least two men convinced that he's the bee's knees, the ladybug's elbows and the erogenous zones of other insects. It's just too bad that he doesn't ever seem to realize this or be grateful for it. The irritating thing that endures past the Early Years is the sad fact that John lives a life most people bitterly envy but it can't fill an ill-defined void that seems to come from his hatred of being weak and defenseless. His wife has emotional needs he doesn't understand or like, his children can't ever seem to respect him enough, his patients insist on being human and no one understands how terrible it is to be him.

The end result of his being a big girl's blouse is that he needs to have something around to relieve him from the crushing burden of wealth, power and influence. Said thing is a mindlessly happy smile on Liz's face to tell him that there's hope for the future. As long as Lizzie is uncritically optimistic and sees life as a world of rainbows and unicorn farts, her daddy can have the strength to face a wife who has a baffling need for a life beyond the paradise he built to shelter her from the horrible stress he endures, patients who angrily compare him to a mechanic gapping out a spark plug and the emptiness not even his toys can fill.

I can't sympathize with him because no one should ask that of another person. It was never up to Lizzie to laugh and say that her problems were fake and she should just walk off alienation and confusion to make her asshole dad feel better. I also feel nothing but contempt for him because the only person who actually ever needed a war zone speech is the asshole giving them.
Tags: john - sulking infant

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