In the past, when Su Dani was still around, she had always encouraged her brother to work with her to please their father, Su Dafu, but the facts proved that had turned out to be useless. Neither of them were good at speaking or knew how to please people, plus there was Madam Wu on the side always deliberately making trouble for them. Over the years it had only made their family feel that they really did have an adverse fate and hate them even more.
At first, Su Tang had been worried that this younger brother of hers would also have a cowardly character because he had been influenced by his sister in the past. But, in fact, that was not the case. Su Tang thought with satisfaction that he was definitely worthy of being her younger brother,
She waved for Su Nuo to sit next to her, and then began to explain, “Do you know why your sister is so powerful?”
When the little guy heard her ask that question, he put on a confused look and then shook his head before saying, “I don’t know.”
He thought about it and seemed to remember that his sister had said a lot of things. When she saw him furrowing his brows in thought, Su Tang smiled and pointed to her head. “It’s all because I used what’s in here.”
The little guy only looked even more confused after those words, so Su Tang explained, “Not all words have power but some words do. That’s why, when you speak, your words need to have substance and be delivered skillfully. And most importantly, you have to use your head to lay out logical statements with logical conclusions.”
“Remember what you want to achieve with your words and don’t say any unimportant nonsense. Also, pay attention to who your listeners are so that you can know what you need to say and how you need to say it in order to achieve your goal.”
“If you keep those things in mind, your words will be powerful. Whereas if you speak like Madam Zhao, just saying whatever you want without thinking about it or making sure that it makes sense, you will end up sounding like her. You will only give people the impression that you are a shrew, and no one wants to listen to what a shrew has to say, right?”
Su Nuo seemed to understand what she was trying to tell him, “Then how can I be like you, sister, and use my brain to speak logically? How do I get the power to make them all listen?”
“Think more, read more, observe more, and see more. I’ve made some money now so after the New Year I’ll send you to study in town. There you will learn how to think logically and how to use your head.”
Su Tang didn’t really want Su Nuo to get too wrapped up in the books that the ancients around here would teach from but, in the final analysis, they were probably things that he needed to learn from. If these ancient texts could be used, then he should use them and whichever ones he couldn’t use could just be discarded.
Su Nuo understood her intentions and agreed immediately, “Then I’ll study hard!” But then he wondered aloud, “But, sister, you didn’t study, did you?”
“Who told you that your elder sister never studied? Back then, the River God taught me and helped me learn. Otherwise, how do you think I could understand the contract I signed before?” Su Tang said quickly.
Su Nuo seemed to think that made sense, so he didn’t press the point, “Anyway, in the future I will study hard and learn to use my head and think logically. That way, if any of them try to bully me in the future, I’ll be able to use my words to make them all listen to me instead.”
Ah, the direction of his education seemed to be becoming a little crooked.
A conversation bubble appeared over the head of the orange cat who was lying on one side. ‘Teaching kids bad things!’
Su Tang glanced over and sent, ‘Are you envious? Do you want your master to teach you too?’
When it saw that the orange cat turned around and showed her its fat butt. Su Tang secretly smiled in her heart, ah~, this divine beast was a bit of a tsundere.
Su Tang kept explaining to Su Nuo, “However, the power of words is also dependant on the situation. For example, it isn’t useful when people are stretching out their fists to hit you. Of course, when that happens you have to fight back.”
The little guy was completely confused, so should he respond with words or with his fists?
Su Tang suddenly felt that educating children was really a difficult thing, ah~. “Don’t worry, you’ll slowly learn the right place and time to use each method. Anyway, let’s eat first. You need to regain some strength. Also, do you remember who it was that threw stones at you?”
Su Nuo was busily tottering over to help her with the rice, but when he heard her question he quickly responded, “I remember! Those guys always liked to bully me in the past. But I’m not afraid of them, I even snatched away the hazelnut tree that they found!”
Su Tang once again reaffirmed that this little guy seemed to be a bit wild, just like her, which made her happy.
After eating lunch, the two siblings cleaned up all the bowls and chopsticks and then Su Tang pulled Su Nuo outside again. She was carrying her basket and, as she walked, she was picking up stones from the side of the road.