Prepared for disaster

When my 8-year-old opened the emergency backpack I'd put together for him, he exploded with joy. "This is awesome!" he said as he pulled out the flashlight, rain poncho, cans of soup, granola bars and mini first aid kit. He then carefully looked over the notebook, crayons and stickers and exclaimed that he couldn't wait for a disaster.

My 10-year-old, on the other hand, glumly glanced at the backpack I'd given him and set it aside.

"Ben, don't you want to see what's in it?" I asked him.

He looked at me blankly then dutifully unzipped it, eyed the contents and zipped it right back up again.

After doing a few emergency drills for which Ben was unusually quiet I asked him what was wrong.

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