And every time we'd go, I would ask her the same question as we neared the end of our trip: "Can I have a Baby Ruth?"
Every time the answer was the same: "No."
Not "maybe." Not "if you're a good boy!" Not "No, but let let me explain my reasoning to you." A simple, declarative "No."
It's one of the best lessons I ever learned.
Actually, there are several lessons I learned. Among them:
- "No" is a complete sentence.
- Parents can and should use the authority they have.
- Money matters and shouldn't be used carelessly.
- But most of all, just because you want something and you want it now does not mean that you should have it all, much less immediately.
In other words, I learned something about delaying gratification.
I think it's one of those lessons where I need a refresher course. And maybe you do, too.
In any event, thanks Mom.