Ralph is not a rule-follower like Lisa, nor a rule-breaker like Bart; Ralph does not observe the rules because he is almost completely unaware of them. More than any of the other students at Springfield Elementary, Ralph is a child. Bart and Lisa and Milhouse and Nelson and Janey are kids, and therein lies the difference.
Ralph Wiggum’s Finest Moments
"Child" versus "kid."
Wow. I’d never really thought about that distinction before, so, when I read this today, it hit me like a ton of bricks.
My daughter is mostly still a child—not quite a kid—and a lot of stuff makes more sense if I keep that in mind.