Somewhere in New York another little girl is having a lot more fun: "Rose... Do you like Olives?"
Today's Full Strip
Mary Queen of Platitudes is suddenly struck speechless by the patronizing effrontery of this city slicker explaining the concept of a vacation to her. She's also miffed that her chicken salad appetizers are not more of a hit. Flustered she asks Olive if she would like some roses instead, but from Olive's expression, roses are clearly a sore spot for her. Perhaps the roses she so carefully nurtured in a window box back home are now parched and brown, unwatered during this long "vacation."
Olive had one heck of a growth spurt over the past 10 Worthian minutes! She started out being about as high as the table and is now chest high to Mary. Yikes!
Would referencing the line about gladiators from "Airplane" violate this blog's family-friendly policy? Because it leaps to mind with some inevitability.
It's clear where this story is going. Evy and Ed are so wrapped up in each other, they're neglecting their poor little tyke. In fact, they completely overlooked the fact that Olive is missing months of school. So, Mary is recruiting Olive to be her acolyte. Roses today, salmon squares tomorrow, meddling lessons the day after that...
Olive, do you like gladiator movies?
What a ninny! Asking a child if she likes roses...Yeah, it's a childhood dream to grow and admire rose bushes. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of field trips to rose gardens... AARGH!!!
Do you want to see some baby puppies? Would you like some candy?
"Rose... do you like olives?" - Oh dear, I nearly died laughing! Thanks, Wanders!
I am digging the pool party over here by the plate of salmon squares!Maybe Mary could stalk--er, find--Frannie, that adorable tyke from the Bum Boat who attracted Mary's loving attention, and then get Frannie and Olive to play together. That would solve little Olive's problems for the summer, and Mary's "attention" would create many years of work for therapists in the future.
SUNDAYOkay... this is realistic: the kid isn't interested in the pool but goes into a spasm of delight at hearing an old bat is going to show her the rose garden. Why not? Nothing else ever makes much real-world sense in this strip.
Has anyone asked how a New York emergency room doctor can take the summer off?
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