Last week, Anderson (6) and I went to feed my daughter’s cats (she was out of town). We ran a few errands and stopped at IHOP. I’m teaching him to read and as part of that effort, I point out signs and store names and whatever print I see that might be easy enough for him to try to read or sound out the letters. So we are driving home and we were passing the hospital when this happened:
Anderson: ER. What is that, Nana? Why does it say ER.
Me: That means Emergency Room. E for Emergency and R for Room.
Anderson: What’s Emergency Room?
Me: That’s part of the hospital and people that are very sick and cannot wait to see the doctor go there. When people are in accidents, ambulances might bring them here to the Emergency Room if they are hurt.
Anderson: I never been to the Emergency Room, right Nana?
Me: Actually, you have. When you were a baby you got very sick and your mommy and I brought you here to this Emergency Room. And in the summer, we brought your mommy here, too. Remember?
Anderson: Oh, yeah. Have you ever been to the Emergency Room?
Me: Yes, a few years ago I had to come here.
Anderson: Why did you come here?
Me: Well, I had some very bad pains in my chest and your mommy brought me here to see if I might be having a heart attack.
Anderson: I had a heart attack too. I get that some time.
Me: You did? When was that? Why did you have a heart attack?
Anderson: (First he thinks about it then…) Well, I was playing and something happened and there was a very loud very bad noise or something and I my heart stopped and I thought I was going to die so I had a heart attack!
Children say the funniest things!
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