We know that calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies and we teach our children that too, but sometimes we forget that parents and kids have vastly different ideas of what constitutes an emergency. Take, for example, a little boy who can't figure out a math problem. In an old 911 call that has recently gone viral, the 4-year-old calls 911 for help figuring out "takeaways," aka subtraction. After a bit of confusion about whether the boy was calling about his mouth or math, the 911 operator doesn't scold the boy; he actually attempts to help him! The two go back and forth for a bit before the boy's mother gets suspicious about her child being on the phone. That's when hilarity ensues:
"Johnny, what do you think you're doing?"
"The policeman is helping me with my math."
"You said that if I need help to call somebody."
"I didn't mean the police!"
Obviously little Johnny needs a lesson in what a true emergency is, but the 911 operator's patience and sweet response (we can only assume there were no other calls coming in at the time) is a reminder that children's innocence must be savored.