Steady, William

A woman in a supermarket was following a grandfather and his badly behaved three-year-old grandson.

It was obvious to her that he had his hands full with the child — he was screaming for candy, cookies, pop and everything else he shouldn't have.

Meanwhile, granddad is working his way around the store, saying in a controlled voice, "Steady, William: we won't be long. Easy, boy."

At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart, and granddad says again in a controlled voice, "William, William, William: Relax, buddy! Don't get upset! We'll be home in five minutes; stay cool, William."

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car. She said to the elderly gentleman, "It's none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don't know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa."

"Thanks," said the grandfather, "but I'm William. That little bastard's name is Kevin."

Posted November 26, 2012 8:00 AM

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