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A Piece of My Mind
February 27, 2013

If Only Grown-ups Would Pay Attention

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (ksloane1@jhmi.edu).

JAMA. 2013;309(8):779-780. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.364

Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
Said the old man, “I do that too.”
The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
“I do that too,” laughed the little old man.

Said the little boy, “I often cry.”

The old man nodded, “So do I.”
“But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me.”
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
“I know what you mean,” said the little old man.—Shel Silverstein, “The Little Boy and the Old Man”1

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