After watching the movie Aladdin, a five-year-old kid named Eric started using his mother’s empty teakettle as a magic lamp pretending he could summon the genie and grant wishes. “Make three wishes, Mom” he told his mother, “and I’ll make the genie grant them.”
His mom first asked to rescue all poor kids from poverty. Eric proceeded to rub “the lamp” and pretended to talk to the invisible genie, then proclaimed his mom’s wish fulfilled.
Next, his mom asked for a cure for all sick kids. Again, Eric rubbed the pretend lamp and spoke to the invisible genie, then said his mom’s second wish was fulfilled.
Eric’s mother then looked down at her own rather ample figure and made her third wish, “I wish to be thin again.”
At this Eric started rubbing his magic lamp furiously. When the magic obviously failed to work Eric looked up at his mom and said very matter-of-factly, “Mom, I think I’m going to need a lot more powerful magic for this wish”!