“Mother, can I…?”
“Because I said so, and I don’t want to hear any more about it.”
Déjà vu aside, what kind of child were you? Did you keep asking, did you go to someone else, did you throw a fit, or, did you drop it?
One of the first things I learned when I entered the workforce in HR is that denial is a form of weeding out who really wants something. In my first position, I was a benefits liaison for a major company, and part of my job was to be the person who kept asking “why” when health insurance companies would deny claims. The longer I did this, the more it became obvious to me that the automatic reaction from the health insurance company (at least the one that our company had), was to say “no.”