Two brothers aged five and six

This is a joke I heard yesterday and wanted to share as it demonstrates how parents tend to worry about the wrong things and also how professionals can get surprises from clients too!  I discovered that it was first heard from (President) Reagan.It is to do with two sons, one an optimist and the other a pessimist.It is apparently shared in Reagan’s biography by one of the Reagan team at the time, Ed Meese (excerpt from “How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life” by Peter Robinson- not related to me):Over lunch today I asked Ed Meese about one of Reagan’s favorite jokes. “The pony joke?” Meese replied. “Sure I remember it. If I heard him tell it once, I heard him tell it a thousand times.”

The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities — one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist — their parents took them to a psychiatrist.

First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. “What’s the matter?” the psychiatrist asked, baffled. “Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?” “Yes,” the little boy bawled, “but if I did I’d only break them.”

Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. “What do you think you’re doing?” the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. “With all this manure,” the little boy replied, beaming, “there must be a pony in here somewhere for me!”

I wonder how many children living in Cheltenham or the Cotswolds would plough through manure to possibly find a pony and also would their parents let them?
“Reagan told the joke so often,” Meese said, chuckling, “that it got to be kind of a joke with the rest of us. Whenever something would go wrong, somebody on the staff would be sure to say, “There must be a pony in here somewhere!'”Parents, when you or your child are going through something challenging… remember to say to yourself “There must be a pony in here somewhere for me!” 😉
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