Have your cookie and eat it, too.

6-year-old baby-sitting charge: I want my cookie but I don’t want my cookie.

Me: Explain?

Boy: I want my cookie now, but I might want it later!

Me: So do you want to just save your cookie?

Boy: But I want to eat it now.  But what if I’m hungry later?

Me: Are you  hungry now?

Boy: Yes, and I want my cookie, but if I eat it now and i’m hungry later, I won’t have a cookie.  I eat this cookie now and I won’t have a cookie anymore.

Me: This is getting a little existential.

Boy: What’s that?

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