Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Friday, September 01, 2006

Everybody wants to rule the world

The other night, Sadeeq started reading The Secret Garden, one of my all-time childhood favorites, with the girls. They hadn't read very far when this conversation ensued:

Sadeeq: "She never remembered seeing familiarly anything but the dark faces of her Ayah and the other native servants, and as they always obeyed her and gave her her way in everything, because the Mem Sahib would be angry if she was disturbed by her crying, by the time she was six years old, she was as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived."

Four year old: "Daddy, what does 'tyrannical' mean?"

Sadeeq: "Well, if someone is tyrannical, that means they order other people around and tell them what to do, and the other people have to obey them."

Four year old: "Am I tyrannical?"

Sadeeq: "No, of course not, sweetheart."

Four year old [sighing wistfully]: "Awwww, I wish I was tyrannical."


Blogger Jeff said...

This is awesome. I can just picture a four-year-old tyrant who rides a winged unicorn that sings "On the Wings of Love"...

September 01, 2006 10:37 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

Tell her that if she eats her spinach and studies hard in school, then maybe. . .just maybe, she CAN be a tyrant someday. Young girls MUST know that they can do anything they want if they try hard enough! After all, there is a Tyrantasaurus REX in the family!

September 02, 2006 5:38 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Jeff, I love that image!

Stewdog . . . yeah, it cracks me up the way that girls are bombarded with the "girl power" message these days.

September 02, 2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

So ... she wants to be a "tyrannical and selfish a little pig," eh?

I've been working on those fine qualities for years, and I'm proud to say that I'm halfway there.

Jeffery 'Razorback' Hodges

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September 04, 2006 5:25 PM  

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