I gave him my usual talk. About having so many toys at home, and about toys costing money and trying to be careful with the money we spend. Usually this works just fine. But this time Pierce continued to question, "But why?"
I paused for a moment. And listened. And then I said, "Do you hear that?"
"The song, coming over the speakers."
Pierce paused and listened to the background music.
"What's it saying?"
"They're singing You Can't Always Get What You Want which means that they're telling you that you can't get a toy this time"
Pierce listened to the Rolling Stones a minute more. And he didn't say anything else about getting a toy.
Thank you, Rolling Stones, for this teaching moment. I hope that stores across the land will play your song every time I enter their doors. I promise, I will never grow tired of the lyrics.
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