By Jason Weber: A friend of mine recently told me about his daughter’s 5th birthday. Leading up to the birthday party, the one thing she kept asking for was a piñata. Being good parents who wanted to give good gifts to their daughter, they went out and found the perfect teddy bear piñata.
On the big day when the teddy bear was revealed, she was thrilled. They lined up all the kids, and armed with a blindfold and a stick, they began the normal piñata routine. Each child came forward and took a swing, and everyone was having a great time.
And then it happened.
With one last mighty swing, one of the young guests successfully decapitated Mr. Bear and his candy entrails began to pour out onto the floor. Such an exciting moment for everyone . . . except for the birthday girl who melted into a sobbing puddle of tears. Her birthday bear had just been executed by some other little punk kid who she thought was her friend. When she said she wanted a teddy bear piñata, she meant that she wanted one to keep.
The moment we discover that our expectations are not aligned with reality can be devastating.
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