She said, "I know what's wrong with this patient." The two doctors looked at each other quizzically and one said: "Yes, and what is your diagnosis?" I apologized. The other doctor said, "We're not that much in a hurry, we would like to hear what she has to say."
My daughter pointed at the x-ray and named off the bones she was able to see - femur, tibia, fibula, patella. And then she pointed at the top bone and said, "the man has a broken femur", pointing at the fracture on the X-ray. The doctor said, "Perfect diagnosis. But we have one problem. The patient in this x-ray is not a man." She responded, "how was I supposed to know?" The doctor explained briefly, "Women on average have shorter femurs than men. This femur is only 17 inches long."
By this time, I was completely embarrassed by the interruption. The two doctors turned to me and asked if I had worked at the hospital. I told them no, I'm an engineer. "How does she know so much about the human anatomy?" I told them that I ran out of body parts to teach her when she was two, she learned all of the major bones and muscles. She absorbs everything like a sponge.
We parted ways after the two doctors said to each other, "get ready to pay for medical school, Dad."
9. So many activities.
Once when I was trying to plan something for my wife's birthday I asked my 5-year-old daughter what we should do for her.
"I dunno", she said. "Well how do we show someone we love them?" I asked. "You play with them," was her answer.
The clarity of that response floored me. For all the parents that try to buy their child's love by giving them expensive gifts: if you want to show your love do something with them. It's so simple and yet how easily we lose this simple clear truth.
10. Some assembly required.
I was packing my bag for a business trip when our 4-year-old daughter approached, asking for my help in assembling her dinosaur-bone surprise-egg toy.
I told her that I couldn't do it as the instructions were have been misplaced. I promised her to that I would look for the instructions once I got back. Arranging those bones would've taken more than 10 minutes and I might have missed my flight.
She rushed to get her crayons and a piece of paper and seconds later she shouted to me, "I've got the instructions! It should be fairly easy to assemble now. Can you please assemble for me now?"
I paused my packing and laughed. These are the "instructions" she gave me... (continued...)