Tony’s father took Tony to a playground just before supper time on Monday. Tony was playing on a slide. Another boy joined him. The boy was smaller than Tony and yet was pushing Tony around.
Tony’s father watched this to see how Tony would react. Tony seemed to take it good naturally. He laughed as the other boy head-butted him in the back. But as the play went on, the other boy became more and more mean-spirited; or thought Tony’s father who wanted, but resisted the urge, to tell Tony to smack the "little shit" back. The other boy’s mother did scold her son for his behavior once, but the boy continued on with his bullying behavior and started kicking Tony.
Tony’s father, at this point, decided it was time to take Tony home. Tony resisted, and didn’t leave the playground till Dad got on the electric bike and pretended to ride away. Tony then, in a panic, ran to find his father. When they were finally reunited, Dad scolded Tony for letting the other boy push him around. "Don’t let those fucks do that to you!" he said to Tony.
But, Tony’s father quickly felt remorse and hugged Tony. Tony, he realized, was a good kid in a fallen world.