Oh what a silly boy, hoarding his toy;

gloating over his ability to master and destroy.

 

Can’t he see the extent to which he’s lost touch?

Where’s his perspective of all that means so much?

 

I can’t help but laugh at – and sometimes even scold

this juvenile behavior as seen from someone old.

 

Funny how a close look in the mirror

while standing on legs now unsteady

proves not only children can act this petty.

 

כי הקטן חושק ואוהב דברים קטנים פחותי הערך, לפי ששכלו קטן וקצר להשיג דברים יקרים יותר מהם

A child desires and loves petty things of little value, for his intellect is too immature and deficient to appreciate more valuable things.

וכן מתכעס ומתקצף מדברים קטנים, וכן בהתפארות ושאר מדות

Similarly he is angered and vexed by trivial things, and likewise with regard to boastfulness.

– Tanya, Chapter 6