First of all, I just want to say that these are the worst parents of all time. Whatever they’ve been feeding their kids, it’s been stunting the hell out of their growth. They are all 50+ years old and they still look they should be crying and drawing dotted lines all over the place. Actually, they still do. Whatever they’ve been given, it has stunted their mental growth as well.
Now for today’s comic. These over-the-hill babies are running and screaming around what seems to be the family vacation house. The mother is burning the spam casserole she’s making and the bumbling father is probably looking for a sandwich and cold brewski so he doesn’t have to choke down the horrific thing dripping and smoking from within the pan.
The four kids are all bouncing around like some little devilspawn, only living to torment their parents. I don’t know how they put up with it; frankly, if I was one of the parents, those kids would know who’s boss and they wouldn’t forget it. The youngest kid, P.J., is the only kid who really comprehends how hellish this strip is and can be seen trying to kill himself, right in the center of the comic. Unfortunately, the cigarettes and alcohol his parents feed him have left him withered and unable to complete such a task, and so he just stands there crying and holding a spoon helplessly. The knife that he was no doubt attempting to grab is poking out of the drawer, symbolizing the violence simmering quietly beneath the surface of this family.
Then we’ve got the red-headed girl, Dolly, standing on the counter obnoxiously, shouting wholly unhelpful and annoying things. I don’t even know why she has a pail in her hand. Maybe she’ll try to build a sand castle in the kitchen, leading to a cute future anecdote about how sand castles are supposed to be made on the beach and not in the house. In all reality though, it’s probably just meant to add to the chaos and piss off the adults.
Okay, I get it! The caption is funny because the little kitchen actually ISN’T better than the one at home! I had quite a hearty, wholesome laugh at that. There’s nothing like a little homestyle stupidity. I can only imagine the cutting remarks running through the mother’s head right now. If you look at her face, 95% of the comics she has a depressed, sullen face. I completely understand her angst. Family Circus blows.