Langston’s Laughs

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A man observed a woman in a grocery store with a three year old girl in her grocery cart. As they passed the cookie section, the 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 Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.” He passed the mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there Ellen, don’t cry. Only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.” The man again happened to be behind the pair at the check-out, where the little girl immediately began to ask for chewing gum and burst out into a terrible tantrum upon finding out that there would be no chewing gum for her today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out 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 women to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen.” The mother broke in, “My little girl’s name is Tammy…I’m Ellen.”