a grandmother in a rural area
Ehon Navi editor in chief, Sonoko Isozaki's mother-in-law says like this immediately when her grandson gets fussy. "Jira" is "自良." Because a child who is fussy has a clear intention, "he knows right from wrong when he has grown up," says she. Isozaki, who has trouble with her son, feels better hearing the sound of the word like "a new monster." Adults also have the right to "be fussy" without giving up on a feeling of strangeness. From "Picture books that stay present to the heart of mothers."
"April 4 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"