Posted by: cochinblogger | August 10, 2011

Eleven-Year-Old Gives Father a Lesson in Logic

I was taking the boys to school this morning as usual in the auto, when a screaming ambulance overtook us and sped away. I thought this was a good opportunity to teach the boys empathy for one’s fellow humans and gratitude for the good health we take for granted, and said , “Here we are comfortably traveling to school when a very sick person lies in pain and fear in that ambulance.”

My older boy shot back: “But, Appa, the ambulance may be empty. It may be going to pick up the patient.”

My jaw dropped.

The lesson was on me! 🙂

(The photo was taken at a wedding.)



  1. Smart Kid!! Kids usually have wider outlook than grownups!!

  2. Very smart observation! Only – that speeding ambulance needs to get to the patient fast enough to help and possibly save a life, so it *must* get precedence going empty, too! That would complete his understanding on why it needs to speed both ways. 🙂

    • True, but my purpose was to generate empathy for the sick person in the ambulance, not to emphasize the need for speed. I felt completely deflated. 🙂

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