One morning on my way to work, I heard a young man telling a story about his first year of marriage. Each morning, his new wife would grab something quick for breakfast, give him a peck on the cheek and be on her merry way to work.
After a few weeks, frustration started to set in. You see, when the young man was growing up, the morning ritual involved being served a nice warm breakfast by his loving and attentive mother. Bewildered by this lack of attention from his wife, he finally asked her one day, “Honey, are we good?”
She was puzzled. “Sure we’re good, in fact we’re great. Why do you ask?” “Well, we’ve been married for weeks now and not once have you cooked me a warm breakfast like my mom did. So I thought maybe you were mad at me.”
“Oh, I see,” she replied. “You want a warm breakfast. Well then, why don’t you slide your bowl of cornflakes over to me and I’ll set them on fire!”
Needless to say, this left me in stitches. It also made me reflect on a subject most agents don’t spend enough time discussing with their clients: expectations.