The Kid in the Candy Store

Here is the cliché: a child walks into a new candy store in town and is instantly dazzled by the novelty of it all. She grabs a piece — which, is the only kind of candy this repressed child has ever had before — and realizes that even if she runs home now and breaks her piggy bank, she won’t be able to afford it. Still clutching it in one hand, she stands there, thinking hard about the choices before her: relinquish the desire for something unattainable or come back and reclaim her prize once the piggy bank grows big enough.

But only just a child, she has not yet mastered the art of resisting the callings of instant gratification and decides fiercely that she will have it there and then and no other way. Thus settling on a third and less valid option (there is no kind stores person to offer free candy, nor entrepreneur inspiration to negotiate a few hours of labor for goods), she is doomed for disappointment. Therefore, when she finally left the store, she left with nothing but a big pout.

The reality is, had she decided to come back for it later, she might’ve gone home and, after a satisfying snack, forgotten about the trivial dilemma all together. But her defiance at life’s constraint puts a dent in her little memory, forcing her to remember the minor episode with bitter resentment and a sharp sense of inadequacy.

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