She was disappointed. “Maybe the child did not listen properly,” she thought. She repeated, “vijay, listen carefully. If I give you one orange and one orange and one orange , how many oranges will you have?”
Vijay had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy. This time hesitatingly he replied, “Five”
The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face. She remembered that vijay liked Grapes. She thought maybe he doesn’t like oranges and that is making him loose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, “If I give you one Grape and one Grape and one Grape, then how many you will have?”
Seeing the teacher happy, Vijay calculated on his fingers again. She wanted her new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Vijay enquired, “Three?”
The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had finally succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one orange and one orange and one more orange how many will you have?”
Vijay answered, “Five”
The teacher was frustrated and disappointed and thinking vijay as an idiot. She asked “How Vijay, how?” in a little dominating and irritated voice.
In a low and hesitating voice Vijay replied, “Because I already have two oranges in my bag.”
So in the End vijay did teach you a lesson.What is it?
“When someone gives you an answer different from expected. There maybe an angle or a reason that you have not understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never listen with a predetermined or expected answer ….”
Most of commit this mistake in life..