Mom, Dad and 6-year-old Tommy went to a restaurant for dinner.
After reading their menus, each member of the family placed an order.
Dad: “I’ll have the garlic veal with fried rice.”
Mom: “I’ll have grilled chicken with the chef’s salad.”
Tommy: “I’ll have a corned beef sandwich with extra pickles.”
Mom hastened to interrupt, as she handed the menus back to the waitress, “Oh, don’t mind him, Tommy here will have a hamburger with fries, that’s what he always has.”
Several minutes later the waitress returned with a large tray of food. She handed Dad the veal, and Mom got the chicken. Then, she placed a corned beef sandwich in front of Tommy.
“MOM! DAD!” Tommy shouted in excitement. “She thinks I’m REAL!”
Note: I read this story years ago, although I can’t recall where – do enlighten me if you know the source!
What can we as parents learn from this anecdote? Does this story trigger any painful memories from your childhood?