Calming Monica

A man observed a woman on a grocery store with a three-years-old in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for the cookies and her mother told her, “No.”

The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Monica, we just have half of the aisles to go through. Don’t be upset. It won’t be long now.”

Soon, they came to the candy aisle and the little girl began to shout for candy. When told she couldn’t have any, se began to cry.

The mother said, “There, there, Monica, don’t cry. Only two more aisles to go and then we’ll be checking out.”

When they got to the check out stand, the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there’d be no gum purchased.

The mother said serenely, “Monica, we’ll be through this check up stand in 5 minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I could’t help noticing how patient you are with little Monica,” he began.

The mother replied, “I’m Monica. My little girl’s name is Tammy.”

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