Later that afternoon, I was discussing the situation with my son, just reiterating the importance of never touching the bright and shiny red handle, right at his eye level. He agreed that he should never touch it, then embarked on this internal dialogue:
"I didn't pull it, right?"
"No, I didn't pull it!" Big smile, head tipped to the side.
"No, I didn't pull it. . ."
The child did not pull the fire alarm. But he is so eager to do the right thing that he second guesses himself all the time - to the point of having to remind himself that he was, in fact, innocent in this situation. His impulse control does need some tweaking, no doubt about it. But he really wants to be good.
I love this kid!