When John's wife went into the hospital for surgery several years ago,
a rule prohibited children under 12 from visiting patients.
Their 11-year-old son seemed to understand,
but the six-year-old daughter took the restriction very hard.
She was so unusually sad
when she talked to her mother on the phone for the first time.
As she said goodbye,
she tearfully exclaimed, "I'll see you when I'm 12. Mom!"