Children bring such joy into the world, and one of the ways they do that is by having such vivid imaginations that they can create entire universes in their mind.
They also failed to understand complex issues like actions and consequences and that gets them into trouble, like the little boy in this story.
A boss of a big company needed to call one of his employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers.
He dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whispered, "Hello?"
Feeling put out at the inconvenience of having to talk to the youngster, the boss asked, "Is your Daddy home?" "Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with him?" the man asked. To the surprise of the boss, the small voice whispered, "No."
Wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?"
"Yes," came the answer. "May I talk with her?" Again the small voice whispered, "No."
Knowing that it was not likely that a young child would be left home alone, the boss decided he would just leave a message with the person who should be there watching over the child.
"Is there anyone there besides you?" the boss asked the child. "Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?" "No, he's busy," whispered the child. "Busy doing what?" asked the boss. "Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer.
Growing concerned and even worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A hello-copper," answered the whispering voice. "What is going on there?" asked the boss, now alarmed. In an awed whispering voice, the child answered, "The search team just landed the hello-copper."
Alarmed, concerned, and more than just a little frustrated, the boss asked, "What are they searching for?" Still whispering, the young voice replied along with a muffled giggle,
Oh oh. This child's parents are going to be both relieved and angry when they finally find him! But occasionally the reality is very different.
The parents were charged recently after a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing was found dead. Andrew "AJ" Freund went missing in April 2019.
JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr, little Andrew's parents, were interviewed after authorities collected forensic analysis and cellphone data that led their investigation.
Freund's parents were charged with murder in the first degree after his little body was discovered days later in a rural area off Dean and 176th Street in Woodstock, Illinois.
The combined charges against them also include six counts of aggravated battery and three counts of aggravated domestic battery.
In addition to those charges, Freund Sr. also faces two counts of concealment of a homicidal death. May AJ rest in peace.