This is a conversation J and I overheard between a mother and her 7 or 8 year old daughter while checking out at Walmart last night. At this point, more than 24 hours later, this is a paraphrase but recited as closely as I can remember.
Mom, in a whining tone: Do you really need the toy and the book? Can’t you please just get the book? You really need books. I’m already at $157… I’m already spending $160, I can’t afford both. Please just get the book. (To the cashier) We’ll just take this.
Then, as they were leaving…
Mom: I’m sorry you couldn’t get both. I’m sorry.
The child had a full pout going on and looked like she was completely capable of breaking out into a full blown tantrum at any moment.