Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ding-dong!

13 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

Okay, now. April now has another person ready to help her set history back on its proper course: Lawrence. He clearly doesn't want to live in the world Elly made any more than Mike and Liz do. All they need now is to find an adult who resents the change-over and they're in business.

April Patterson said...

All they need now is to find an adult who resents the change-over and they're in business.

That would be ideal, but finding that person is a tricky proposition....

DreadedCandiru2 said...

I know; most of the adults here are happy with the chance to rearrange the world in the same selfish manner Elly wants to.

howard said...

John Patterson would be an obvious choice. If Elly doesn't plan to have April, then Elly has probably cut him off in the bedroom, which wouldn't sit well with most men. Plus, in the new-runs, his wife is quite a bit heavier than her original incarnation. As for motivation, blackmail is a possibility, especially after he tries to hit on Avril, the hygienist.

April Patterson said...

Hm, John did occur to me as a potential ally. Maybe Elly will try to convince him to get snipped... and he'll snap. ;)

DreadedCandiru2 said...

That, or he starts to realize that his dreams of having to pull a four-year-old out of a river aren't simply a nightmare. He might want to prevent that from happening but not by preventing said child's birth; we've seen time and again that he's more fond of April than Elly and would resent her trying to keep her from existing.

forworse said...

Maybe Elly will try to convince him to get snipped... and he'll snap.

She did mention the possibility to him -- twice, IIRC. Once might have been around the time Richard or Leah was born, or maybe when they got Farley, and Elly and John were talking about what it was like having a new baby and she suggested to him that maybe it was time he took some permanent precautions, to which he replied, "I'm not that certain!" The other time might have been during one of Farley's breaks for freedom when he was just roaming the neighbourhood, or possibly when he was getting into Connie's yard. Can't remember for sure without the collections to hand (I'm at work...er...I mean...can't reach them from where I'm sitting), but I think Elly suggested it to John twice.

Cedar said...

There's a another strip where John buys dance lessons for Elly (actually, his assistant somehow pawns them off on him; Elly is excited, but John of course wails and moans and whines about doing something like dancing). He's commiserating with another man at the lessons, who says something like, "It's just something you do to make the wife happy. Like a vasectomy." And John goes buy-eyed and twitches at even the mere mention of the word. Geez--no wonder they had a third kid! To be fair, John seemed to ligimately enjoy having a third child--not only was he excited when Elly found out she was pregnant, and he was more involved in rearing her than he ever was with Mike and Liz. Maybe April can remind him of all the fun times they had when she was growing up.

howard said...

Will April have the joy of changing little Lizzie's diaper? Just curious.

April Patterson said...

That, or he starts to realize that his dreams of having to pull a four-year-old out of a river aren't simply a nightmare.

Dreadedcandiru2: Assuming John's dreams aren't completely consumed by his future obsession with choo-choos and by pretty women with nice teeth. ;)

April Patterson said...

forworse, I do remember the first of your examples. This was in the second collection--Elly was feeling vaguely dissatisfied and Annie suggested, "You could have another baby." Then Elly brought it up with John, and the conversation you cited happened.

I have a vague recollection about the second example, but don't have a sense of when it happened.

April Patterson said...

Geez--no wonder they had a third kid!

LOL. Since there are at least three examples of this subject coming up in the strip, I can't help wondering if Lynn had a bit of a fixation going there.

April Patterson said...

Will April have the joy of changing little Lizzie's diaper? Just curious.

Probably, but I might leave that "between the lines." ;)