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I remember reading about a guy who stopped in the grocery store on the way home from

work to pick up a couple of items for his wife. He wandered around aimlessly for a while

searching out the needed groceries. As is often the case in the grocery store, he kept

passing this same shopper in almost every aisle. It was another father trying to shop with

a totally uncooperative three year old boy in the cart.

The first time they passed, the three year old was asking over and over for a candy bar.

Our observer couldn’t hear the entire conversation. He just heard Dad say, “Now, Billy,

this won’t take long.” As they passed in the next aisle, the three year old’s pleas had

increased several octaves. Now Dad was quietly saying, “Billy, just calm down. We will

be done in a minute.”

When they passed near the dairy case, the kid was screaming uncontrollably. Dad was still

keeping his cool. In a very low voice he was saying, “Billy, settle down. We are almost

out of here.” The Dad and his son reached the check out counter just ahead of our

observer. He still gave no evidence of loosing control. The boy was screaming and

kicking. Dad was very calming saying over and over, “Billy, we will be in the car in just a

minute and then everything will be OK.”

The bystander was impressed beyond words. After paying for his groceries, he

hurried to catch up with this amazing example of patience and self-control just in time to

hear him say again, “Billy, we’re done. It’s going to be OK.” He tapped the patient father

on the shoulder and said, “Sir, I couldn’t help but watch how you handled little Billy. You

were amazing.”

Dad replied, “You don’t get it, do you?” I’m Billy!”

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