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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 little
girl asked for 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 left to go through; don't
be upset. It won't be long."
Soon they came to the candy aisle, and the little girl began to shout
for candy. And when told she couldn't have any, 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 girls immediately
began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering
there'd be no gum purchased. The mother patiently said, "Monica, we'll
be through this check out 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 couldn't help noticing how patient you were
with little Monica," he began. Whereupon the mother said, "I'm Monica
. . . . . my little girl's name is Tammy."