- what she says: i'm fine
- what she means: Similar to Jonathan Byers, Steve Harrington is implied to have a father who is neglectful at best and abusive at worst. Steve mentions offhandedly that his mother is accompanying his father out-of-town because she "doesn't trust him", then expresses anxiety over the thought of his father finding out he had friends over. While Joyce has divorced from Lonnie and created a loving home environment for her sons, the fact that Steve's mother remains with his father even though she distrusts him most likely makes Steve's home life terribly uncomfortable. However, Steve repeatedly tries to shed himself of toxic friends/behaviors whenever he does something wrong in the same way that Jonathan refuses to abandon Will or his mother; while both boys make mistakes, both are also conscious of their fathers' shortcomings, and in doing so, actively detach themselves from becoming reflections of the negative men in their lives - a characteristic that only Jonathan gets credit for.
I told my parents I was ace and my mom said she was certain I would grow up and that it didn’t matter at 14 is this good or bad