COURAGE AT THE SUPERMARKET
A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a
three-year-old girl riding in the child's seat. As they approached 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 ask for candy. When told
she couldn't have any, she began to cry. The mother said softly, "There, there,
Monica, don't cry. Only two more aisles to go and then we'll be checking out."
When they got to the checkout 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
patiently said, "Monica, we'll be through this checkout 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 Monica," he began.
The mother sighed and replied, "Oh, no. I'm Monica. My little girl's name is