First-Grader Gives Surprisingly Deep Response To Puzzle With An Innocuous Real Answer

" ... such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the class ... "

Kids are more inquisitive, observant, and deep than we often give them credit for. Sure, we expect them to be funny and brutally honest, but sometimes they're unexpectedly wise too. Take the kids in teacher Bret Turner's first grade class, for instance. 

Turner wrote his "Puzzle of the Week" on the board for his 5 and 6-year-old students. "I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I'm the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space," the riddle said. "What am I?"


The first guess from one of his first-graders was wrong, but surprisingly profound. 

"The first guess from one of my 1st graders was 'death' and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the class that I didn't want to tell them that actually the answer is the letter 'e,' which just seemed so banal in the moment," Turner wrote on Twitter

But that wasn't the only surprisingly existential response to the Puzzle of the Week. Other guesses from the kids included "NOT everything," "all stuff," "the end" and "nothingthing." 

When Turner finally revealed that the correct answer was simply "e," his students were unimpressed. But those on the internet are definitely fascinated by their answers. Turner's tweet about the puzzle has been share nearly 90,000 times and has over 264,000 likes in just a few days. 

Turner is considering telling the kids tomorrow that a tweet about them went viral, but has a few reservations. 

"Given their facility with the internets, I expect their response will be 'sure but did it go SUPERviral' and 'just how many retweets are we talking about here' and 'can I go to the bathroom'" he wrote on Twitter


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