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There is a story about a father who became disturbed about the length of time his six year old son was taking to get home from school.


The father decided he would make the trip to discover for himself how long it should take a small boy to cover the distance.


The father settled on 20 minutes but his son was still taking an hour. Finally the father decided to make the trip with his son.


After the trip, the father said, "The 20 minutes I thought reasonable was right, but I failed to consider such important things as a side trip to track down a trail of ants...or an educational stop to watch a man fix a flat...or the time it took to swing around a half dozen telephone poles...or how much time it took for a boy just to get acquainted with two stray dogs

and brown cat.


"In short," said the father, "I had forgotten what it is really like to be six years old."

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