I was observing a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her trolley.
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 Julie, we just have half of the aisles left to go through - don't be upset. It won't be long now."
Soon, they came to the candy aisle and the little girl began to shout for candy.
When told she couldn't have any, she began to cry.
The mother said, "There, there, Julie , 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 said serenely, "Julie , we'll be through this check out stand in 5 minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap."
I 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 Julie ," I began.
The mother replied, "I'm Julie - my little girl's name is Tammy."