Out of the blue a 6 year old said to me: “Never say never, Coach Shaun.”
I asked him: “Why not?”
He replied: “Never say never!”
I told him: “You can never say never say never because you have to use never to say never say never.”
He informed me that it was a way of saying: “Never say ‘no.'”
So I told him to eat the pine straw on the tennis court near his feet and he was about to say ‘no’ but got stuck in his brain.
Awkwardness followed. It was awesome!
Moral: If you won’t eat pine straw now, feel free to say no but saying ‘never’ limits potential future adjustment of ‘won’t.’