Two eager young people dressed in bright pink approached David.
“Excuse me, would like to donate to cancer?” asked one of the pink clad youths.
David examined them both carefully. “I’m sorry. I don’t support cancer.”
Both their jaws dropped in horror. “You don’t?”
“Absolutely. I want cancer eradicated, not supported,” explained David.
“That’s what we want, too,” said the other youth.
“But that’s not what you said,” said David.
The two looked at each other. “What do you mean?”
“You asked if I want to donate to cancer. That’s the opposite of what you really want,” said David.
“You know what we mean,” complained the first young person.
David sighed. “I really don’t. I can’t read your mind. I can only go by what you say.”
The two fundraisers shuffled angrily. The first young person huffed. “Do you want to give us money to help fight cancer or not?”
David looked up and wrinkled his nose. “I’d rather give to an organization I know, thanks.”
“Why didn’t you say that in the first place?”
David smiled. “Clarity in communication matters.”