I learned early on that wanting something was far from the same as getting it. How did I learn this important lesson as a child? Well, it was by saying, “I want [fill in the blank]” to my mother. She had two possible responses.
When I was of tender years, she said:
Want in one hand and spit in the other and see which one gets full first.
When I reached an appropriate age, it changed to the pithier but equally pitiless:
People in hell want water.
Thus, I learned that, if you want something, you should either do something to get it yourself or do without it. Thus, I learned that there’s a difference between I want and I would like or It would be nice to have. I also found that Santa often brought me things I said I would like or that it would be nice to have. The more demanding I want got me nothing but a pithy aphorism.
My mom. Crushing entitlement, one child at a time.
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A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about entitlement and, if you like, the crushing thereof.