Hang In There Jimmy

I was walking through the local supermarket the other day when I saw a grandfather walking around with his grandson. It was obvious that the grandpa wasn’t having an easy time of it, with the siren-like voice of his cherished youngster scaling upwards every time candy or toys came into view.

The grandfather however, kept his cool and intoned softly to the child: “Jimmy, relax, it won’t take long.”

When the screaming didn’t stop, the grandpa continued: “Jimmy, there’s no reason to get angry, try to enjoy this walk and in a minute we’ll be on the way home, promise.”

When I came out of the store I saw them in the parking lot, the child screaming and the older man still talking softly and quietly to him. I couldn’t help myself. I walked over to him.

“Sir” I said, “I have to say you are an amazing grandfather. The way you talk to the boy and keep your calm despite all of this screaming – Jimmy’s a lucky kid to have a grandpa like you.”

“Thanks” said the grandfather, “but I’m Jimmy. This little bugger’s name is Anthony.”

Credit: Thanks Kate

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