The day before Thanksgiving, I had a mediation set for 9am. A couple hours later, my client and I realized the insurance company was not going to bridge the still-remaining $500,000 gap, so we left. I checked my phone. My bride and the 3 small children had been at the pediatrician’s office, and the youngest tested positive for strep throat (she had a fever the night before). We met for lunch, and I was to take the ill 4-year-old home while the other 2 + their mom went to the clinic by our house to get tested themselves.
Me: But what am I supposed to do all day? I haven’t been to the office today, so I have a bunch of work to catch up on.
Her: Go on Netflix, choose the kids’ profile, and see what she’d like to see. I suggest “Peg + Cat.”
Me: I hate cats…that show sounds like it sucks.
Her: It doesn’t suck! It’s a critical thinking problem solving show for preschoolers. You want her to take over your law practice one day, right?
And so we went home to watch Peg+Cat. Or, my youngest daughter did. I answered emails and phone calls.
She was happily engaged until she fell asleep, and I didn’t have to feel guilty for putting her in front of the so-called “electronic baby sitter” so I could work, because she was learning stuff.
When she awoke, I asked her about the show and what she liked about it:
Her: That in every one, they have a big problem, and they solve it.
Me: Do you ever know the solution before you see it?
Her: Yes. Sometimes I can know the solution before they do.
Her: Because I do!
And there you have it.