Is this a commentary on motherhood, on how mothers slave and sacrifice for their thankless, selfish vampire brats?
Is it a warning about the reality of toxic friendships where one "friend" does nothing but take and the other gives beyond exhaustion?
Is it a blackly humorous observation of the reality that the world favors the cute and disadvantages the ugly, fat, and ungainly?
Is it a parable of the working class and the false consciousness that keeps them subject to the demands of the uncaring elite?
In any case, the first panel of every story tells it all: Bear toiling over the housework while Maudie lounges about with a toy bear tied to a leash.