“You’re going to have to choose one, you can’t have both.”
You’re probably thinking that the person on the receiving end of that statement is under the age of 8. You’re picturing a mental struggle between two toys, two stuffed animals or two pieces of candy. Maybe you’re more modern and you substituted two pieces of fruit for the candy.
Sending the message is a parent, perhaps. Comfortably able to provide both choices but seizing the moment to teach restraint, to teach a valuable lesson that will serve this kid for years.
Sounds plausible, doesn’t it?
The person on the receiving end was the only other person at a bar with me last week. One bar, two TVs, two people. He wanted to watch CNN, which was running a show on Donald Trump’s campaign rallies. And, he wanted to watch a rugby match that was on NBC. I wanted to watch one of the NCAA basketball conference playoff games.
If this person’s parents had taught him that valuable lesson we imagined earlier, I would have been spared a monologue on the importance of the political process playing out in American and how rugby is better than American football.
“Cheryl, please put ESPN on this TV – Georgia vs Kentucky…thanks!”
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