Getting What You Want

A few nights ago, in the middle of the night (around 3:43am, to be precise), Anthony (age 3) started talking. "I'm so tired. I'm so tired. I'm so tired." He wasn't fully awake or fully asleep; he didn't open his eyes.

I told him that it was okay and that he was already sleeping. He stopped talking and continued sleeping.

We spend a lot of time thinking about character's (and real people's - even our own) motivations. But even when we understand what we really want, do we always know when we get it?