What Kind of Daughter Am I Raisin’?
Panel 1: John is putting Elizabeth in a high chair with no straps and he doesn’t remove or lift the feeding area to get her in. The chair looks like it is built for lifting. This is John we are talking about, so maybe this is to indicate his ignorance.
Panel 2: John is tying a bib on Elizabeth while she is being kept occupied with a spoon which, judging from her eyes, seems to have put her in some kind of hypnotic trance. After this, the spoon only appears in the even numbered panels. I guess it is not an odd spoon.
Panel 3: John has a giant bowl of Oatmeal With Raisins! to feed Elizabeth. We don’t see John cooking said bowl, so who knows how we got here. Nevertheless, Lynn Johnston has wisely put the box there, so we will know what is is . To be honest, I wouldn’t know what John was feeding her – rice with peas? Yes, I know that the American Academy of Pediatrics has raisins on their choking hazard list. Once again, the Pattersons demonstrate bad parenting.
Panel 4: In this panel, the part of Lizzie is being played by Popeye the Sailor Man complete with popped eye and jowls. Lizzie thinks, “?” Popeye is a questioning kind of man, so it seems reasonable to do this homage. Nevertheless, this appears to be more proof that this is a food Lizzie has never tasted before, i.e. an indication of how rare this event is for John Patterson. In the meantime, Lizzie is still holding her own spoon and flinging food off of it. How did that spoon get anything on it, if John is feeding her by hand? Where did it go in Panel 3?
Panel 5: The talented Lizzie spits out 3 raising with one Ptooh!
Panel 6: Lizzie spits out 3 more raisins with Ptooh, Pttt, Ptoohh, Pfttt. 4 sound effects. 3 more raisins. And this while John is still trying to feed her. Also, our last appearance of the spoon, which disappears by the time we get back to the high chair in Panel 9, possibly eaten by the leftover raisins.
Panel 7: Seeing that his child doesn’t like the raisins in the oatmeal, John does the thing most parents do in this situation. He picks her up from eating. After all, if she is spitting out raisins, then she is obviously not hungry.
Panel 8: Upstairs John goes, and for some strange reason, it looks like he is going up on his knees.
Panel 9: In the meantime, Elly wanders by, coffee cup in hand, and sees the regurgitated raisins. Will she react as expected and start screaming about the mess John made with Elizabeth? Will she notice that the raisins have increased from 6 to 13, thus “raisin’” the question about whether the raisins have started independently multiplying?
Panel 10: No. She just eats them, except for the 2 she misses, while she appears to have hired her crotch hand to hold her coffee cup for her. Now, her son Michael, in essentially the same situation, turned the raisins down. Elizabeth on the other hand, has developed a new habit of spitting out raisins, which will appear again in this strip.
There were many things my son and daughter spit out during their high chair years, and I don’t recollect ever wanting to eat it after they were done with it. It is a rare strip when Lynn Johnston writes about Pattersons doing something disgusting but that seems to be the trend with her new material. After all, it hasn’t been that long since Lynn did the strip with John humping the Super Vac. Maybe Lynn thinks the strip should be "For Better EWW Worse".