A Pennsic Story

The King was visiting a children's class at Pennsic, where they were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.

The teacher asked the King if he would like to lead the class in the discussion of the word, "tragedy," so, His Illustrious Majesty asked the class for an example of a tragedy.

One little boy stood up and offered, "If my best friend, who lives next door, was playing in the street and a cart came along and ran over him, that would be a tragedy."

"No," said His Majesty, "That would be an accident."

A little girl stood up and said, "If a chartered bus carrying fifty people going to Lilies War drove off a cliff, killing everyone involved, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explained the Royal, "That's what we would call a GREAT LOSS."

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. The King searched the group. "Isn't there anyone who can give me an example of a tragedy?"

Finally, way in the back of the room, a small Mongol boy raised his hand. In a quiet voice, he said, "If the Royal Thrones, with the Crown and the BoD, were suddenly blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."

"Fantastic," exclaimed the King, "That's right. And can you tell us WHY that would be a tragedy?"

"Well," said the boy, "Because it wouldn't be an accident and it certainly wouldn't be any great loss."