There is not a whole lot you can do when you are a little kid who encounters injustice. Your natural desire is to set things right, but that can often backfire, resulting in even greater injustices. The sad truth is big people usually have all the power. You can’t force anybody to be kind or fair or honourable, especially if you’re only forty-three inches tall and weigh only fifty pounds.
That’s why it is important to be smart.
This excerpt is from the book Captain Underpants and the terrifying return of Tippy Tinklet Trousers by the author Dav Pilkey. Dhruv highlighted these lines and once repeated them to me over and over again as a counter to my tyranny.
Ask me how was I tyrannical that day? He wanted to leave the place where we were sitting in the park soaking in the sun and rush back home because there were dogs all around in the park running excitedly and he feared some or the other dog might come and attack him. And I, the tyrannical mommy, made him sit there for a long long time to get over his fear of dogs. He still fears the dogs and I am still the tyrannical mommy.
As for the book, I haven’t read any of the Captain Underpants books but Dhruv has read all the 10 books in the series numerous times and for him, there can be no book or book series as good as this series and Dav Pilkey is the best author.
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