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This Little Boy’s 'Wrong' Answer Reminds Us What’s Really Important in Life

Her 4-year-old's "wrong" answer at school made this mama swell with pride.

There's a quote from John Lennon that has always been one of my favorites:

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life," he said. "When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."

So amazing, right? And now it looks like another little boy—4-year-old Arlo—is following in the profound Beatle's footsteps. His mom, Constance Hall, took to Facebook to share the following anecdote:

"Reporting back after a day volunteering at Arlo's kindy, my friend told me that all the kids were told to line up and count," she wrote. "The first girl was 'I'm one.' And then 'I'm two,' 'I'm three,' 'I'm four,' 'I'm five,' And then the awkward silence when they got to my non counting Arlo... Until he responded with 'I'm happy?'"

YAS, Arlo. YASSSS! Best. Answer. Ever.

Of course, there are some teachers who probably would have called out the little guy for not knowing which number came next, and some parents who might have been embarrassed at their kid's lack of skills. But Constance Hall is not one of them.

"Teacher happily replied, 'good answer Arlo,'" the proud mama wrote. "And guess who else is happy? Me. Coz I couldn't give 2 f*cks if my 4 year old can't count, but him being happy completes this mum."

Way to go, mama! Kids can learn to count but you can't teach that kind of happiness in a classroom. High fives all around!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.