"Son, I'm proud of you," said Nasruddin. "You may make a request of me, and I will grant it."
The son was taken aback by this generous offer. "May I have a day to think about it?" he asked.
"Yes," said Nasruddin.
The boy came back the next day and said, "Father, I want a donkey."
"Well, that would be two requests now, wouldn't it? I already granted your request for a day to think things over."
Nasruddin's son was disappointed, but not surprised: he should have known better!
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 84 of the book.