The heavy-smoker grandmother was sitting at the front seat of the van keeping her chain-smoking streak alive. Her 10-year-old grandson sitting next to her remembered an article that he had read a few days ago: Each cigarette shortens life by five minutes.
After a quick calculation, he said “Your life got 100 minutes shorter today. It makes 36,500 minutes per year. You steal 24 days from your life each year. You are going to die young,” which made the grandmother burst into tears.
The grandfather stopped the van, asked his grandson to step outside and taught him the lesson of his life.
“Yes, you are very clever,” said the grandfather and continued: “This is great but being kind in life is always harder than being clever. One day you will understand that.”