A family was on its way to the hospital, where the 16-year-old daughter was scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy.
She had never been in a hospital before, and was pretty nervous.
During the ride, the teenager and her parents talked about how the procedure would be performed.
"Mom?" the girl asked.
"Yes, dear?" mom said gently.
"Will it hurt much?"
"You'll have a sore throat afterward," she says, "but they'll let you have all the refreshing ice cream you want, which will soothe it."
"Dad?" the girl asked.
"Yes, pumpkin?" the kindly father replied.
"How are they going to keep my mouth open during the surgery?"
Without hesitation, he said, "They're going to give you a phone."
Posted November 5, 2014