On the way home from school yesterday--where she goes to preschool and Bella and I teach high school--Miriam was ruminating over geography in the back seat and produced a syllogism.
"Louis (my parents' big black lab) lives with Ama and Grandpa Doc. Ama and Grandpa Doc live in NH. So... hmmm.... Louis lives in NH!"
Notice--oh, rapture!--the distributed middle, the order of her premises, the validity of the conclusion!
Fr. Shanley would be proud. He taught me my first syllogism. Except I was eighteen.