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Based on what Phil said, Elly obviously must have played this song at the coffeehouse:
This is the Army, Mr. Jones
No private rooms or telephones
You had your breakfast in bed before
But you will not have it here any more
This is the Army, Mr. Green
We like our barracks nice and clean
You hired a housemaid to clean your floor
But she is not what we paid for
Do what the bugler commands
He is in a unit; not in a band
This is the Army, Mr. Brown
You and your baby went to town
She had you worried, but this is war
So she won’t worry you any more
It seems Michael is the only “bad kid” portrayed in the strip. Particularly when compared to Brian and Dawn Enjo, who do well in school, or Gordon, who takes on whatever kind of work he can. Has there ever been an instance of Lawrence doing one thing wrong?
Maybe the root issue is that Elizabeth damaged something far worse than the milk – specifically, her parents’ trust.
Seems like the parents were angrier with the aftermath moreso than the milk. Ruining the milk was an accident. However, the fibbing that came afterwards, was not!
Another way to look at it is what if in the future Elizabeth actually does get accosted by muggers? What is she going to tell her mother then, considering she told a whopper before?
There was a strip a while back where an old lady neighbor of theirs dies, and the family is trying to teach the kids how to handle grief. Obviously there were not many gags during that story arc. Did not see any “just a comic” commenters that time either. Maybe they were all on vacation! :)
Michael was being fresh with his hosts. Being sent outside was likely the adults feeling the kid needed an attitude adjustment.
Better to stop lying anyway. A while back there was a strip where Elizabeth was concerned about her nose. She probably would not want it to get longer! :)
As my grandmother said “Lies make baby Jesus cry”.
Pretty sure with the strip where she buys candy and rejoices “Happiness is getting to keep the change” meant that her mother only ordered her to get the milk; she was free to see fit the rest of the cash.