A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a
three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the
cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her
mother told her "no." The little girl immediately began
to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, "Now
Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go
through; don't be upset. It won't be long."
He passed the Mother again in the candy aisle. Of course,
the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was
told she couldn't have any, she began to cry. The mother
said, "There, there, Ellen, don't cry. Only two more
aisles to go, and then we'll be checking out."
The man again happened to be behind the pair at the
check-out, where the little girl immediately began to
clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon
discovering there would be no gum purchased today.
The mother patiently said, "Ellen, we'll be through
this check out stand in five 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 couldn't help
noticing how patient you were with little Ellen..."
The mother broke in, "My little girl's name is Tammy...