every seven-year-old deserves a superhero. that's just how it is.
anyone who doesn't agree needs their heads examined.
that's what elsa's granny says, at least.
elsa is seven, going on eight. she knows she isn't especially good at being seven. she knows she's different. her headmaster says she needs to 'fall into line' in order to achieve a 'better fit with her peers.' other adults describe her as 'very grown-up for her age.' elsa knows this is just another way of saying 'massively annoying for her age,' because they only tend to say this when she corrects them for mispronouncing 'deja vu' or not being able to tell the difference between 'me' and 'I' at the end of a sentence. smart-arses usually can't, hence the 'grown-up for her age' comment, generally said with a strained smile at her parents. as if she has a mental impairment, as if elsa has shown them up by not being totally thick just because she's seven. and that's why she doesn't have any friends except granny. because all the other seven-year-olds in her school are as idiotic as seven-year-olds tend to be, but elsa is different.
she shouldn't take any notice of what those muppets think, says granny. because all the best people are different - look at superheroes. after all, if superpowers were normal everyone would have them.
granny is seventy-seven years old, going on seventy-eight. she's not very good at it either. you can tell she's old because.......
this beauty of a book came my way as a precious gift from a precious friend. Reshma - thanks for this lovely one :)
- Debolina Raja