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Grandpa Gets A Gold Star! December 16, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, People.

zen stonesA woman in a supermarket spots a grandfather and his badly behaved grandson in the cookie aisle.

As the child screams for sweets, biscuits, and cookies, granddad croons in a controlled voice, “Easy, William, we won’t be long . . . easy boy.”

After another outburst, the woman hears the granddad calmly say, “It’s okay, William. Just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.”

At the checkout, as the little horror is throwing items out of the trolley, his granddad says, “William, William, relax buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes, stay cool William.”

Impressed, she goes outside and sees the grandfather loading his groceries and the boy into the car.

She stops by his car and says, “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 your grandson got, you just calmly said things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his granddad.”

“Thanks,” says the grandpa. “But I am William. That little hooligan’s name is Kevin.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: e-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)


1. Maggie - December 16, 2013

Haha! Good one. When dealing with children, it’s so important to be able to keep calm yourself… or else everything becomes chaos.

barbrowe - December 16, 2013

I really liked that and how so true it is to be calm, but very difficult. thanks for sharing.

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Glad you enjoyed, Maggie. Once kids now they can “push our buttons,” there’s a shift in the balance of power ~ “never let them see you sweat.” πŸ˜›

Thanks, Barbrowe. Our days are filled with opportunities to practice remaining calm, cool, and collected, eh? πŸ˜‰

2. Pix Under the Oaks - December 16, 2013

Didn’t see that coming.. πŸ˜€ Very good!

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

I got a chuck out of this when Joe sent it around. πŸ˜€

3. shreejacob - December 16, 2013

Ahahahahaha! William is amazing! That’s all I got to say πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Who better to give William a pep talk than William ~ he knows exactly what he’s going through and what he needs to get through it.

Hmm . . . wine? chocolate? a padded cell? πŸ˜›

4. colonialist - December 16, 2013

I simply take a very deep breath.
It gives more volume and stamina when I yell at them … πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Bwahaha! Glad you’re working on MINDFUL breathing! :mrgreen:

5. William D'Andrea - December 16, 2013

About 20 years after I graduated from High School, I happened to meet one of my former teachers.
She told the people she was with, “Oh I never had any problem with William, he was always so well behaved.”
“Yeah.” I replied, “I was a real sissy boy.”

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

I doubt my HS teachers would say the same about me. πŸ˜›

6. katecrimmins - December 16, 2013

You got me on that one!

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

What d’ya bet that William heads straight for the SPIRITS when he gets home? πŸ˜‰

katecrimmins - December 16, 2013

WHEN he gets home? How about ON THE WAY home. I can hear him now. “It’s ok William, just another fifth in the cart and we’ll be good. No, make that 2 fifths!” Can you take poorly behaved children to the pound?

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Bwahaha! If only! And that reminds me . . . I should stop at the liquor store and pick up some Holiday sustenance. πŸ˜€

7. sued51 - December 16, 2013

I didn’t expect that! Quite funny!

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Glad you enjoyed!

8. Three Well Beings - December 16, 2013

I did NOT see that punchline coming, but it’s brilliant! I’m going to remember this and have some frequently comforting talks with Debra as she moves through the week and needs a little hand-holding. Love this!!

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

We all need a bit of hand-holding this time of year. I got our packages mailed this morning. The line was out the door, but it moved fast with no temper tantrums by the clerks or the patrons.

9. jannatwrites - December 16, 2013

Hahaha….I’ve been there. A fussy/obnoxious child sends me up a wall (especially if I have to take him home with me!) πŸ˜›

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

It’s so much easier when I’m well rested. If I’m already feeling cranky and irritable from lack of sleep, I should wear a sigh:

“Do NOT push my buttons. Thankyouverymuch.” πŸ˜€

10. ericjbaker - December 16, 2013

You could do an alternate perspective version in which people who have no kids or who have never looked after kids boldly offer all kinds of advice to William about how he could get the child to behave.

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Sedatives? Tranquilizers? Sleeping Pills? 😐

11. Val Boyko - December 16, 2013

Cracked me up – a great lesson in self compassion πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Sometimes when Push turns to Shove . . . I remind myself to “keep breathing.” πŸ˜‰

12. Patricia - December 16, 2013

William is wonderful. Wonder what Kevin will be like when he is a granddad?

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

That’s an interesting thought to ponder. I often focus on the Inner Child when dealing with Adults Behaving Badly . . . but I’ve never tried to visualize the Inner Adult in a child gone wild. :mrgreen:

Patricia - December 16, 2013

Better not to try me thinks.

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

Yup. One’s mind might end up badly boggled! πŸ˜‰

13. Behind the Story - December 16, 2013

Laugh-out-loud hilarious! And I liked William’s somewhat dated description of his grandson as a hooligan. Cute!

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

I substituted “hooligan” for a much stronger moniker that seemed at odds with this festive season. πŸ˜›

14. Crowing Crone Joss - December 17, 2013

This is one of my all time favourite stories! I wish I could say I’d have kept my cool like this in a similar situation.

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

I can keep my cool . . . unless I’m overtired, stressed, sick, under the weather, preoccupied, stir fried, button pushed, etc. πŸ˜›

Crowing Crone Joss - December 17, 2013

lol. yep, me too pretty much

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

It’s a common malady. :mrgreen:

15. Grannymar - December 17, 2013

One day last summer I was in a shopping centre/Mall. Coming towards me was a young exasperated mum driven to the end of her tether by a screaming toddler. The child threw itself to the ground screaming. I walked over and spoke in a very low voice to the child. “Do you know that Santa’s helpers are watching out all year round and not just in the weeks before Christmas?” Instantly the child was silent. “Nobody knows what the helpers look like, so it could be somebody like me or that man over there. Now get up and hold you mammy’s hand and no more screaming, I have a headache!” Standing upright, I winked at the mother and walked on.

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

I LOVE THIS! Good for you . . . very sweet.

Of course, it the little tyke had been Jewish or Hindu, you might not have been so successful. πŸ˜‰

Grannymar - December 18, 2013

Nancy, I knew from the language of the mother that I was on safe ground! πŸ˜‰

16. Perfecting Motherhood - December 18, 2013

Haha, I should have read this before I took my kids to Target tonight! Sometimes kids cooperate, and sometimes they sabotage your plans. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

You should have brought Elf on the Shelf to Keep an Eye on them. {{wink}}

Perfecting Motherhood - December 18, 2013

Yes, I should have!

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

I just loved your photos of WINK. πŸ˜€

17. brendamarroy - December 18, 2013

What a wonderful lesson. I will share on Facebook. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Hope your FB Friends enjoy it ~ here’s to peace and patience at this Hectic time of year. πŸ˜€

18. Linda - December 18, 2013

Ha! That is so funny. I was in a store with my grandson and his other grandmother once when he was acting rather unruly. Well other grandmother kept on talking to him like “William” only she really was talking to him and not herself. I was furious because it was getting nowhere and he kept trying to wander off. We should have left and taken him home right then.

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Sometimes removing the toddler from temptation is the best course of action.

19. William D'Andrea - December 19, 2013

I worked in a department store for many years, and I often found that the parents were much more objectionable that the kids.
I remember once during the Christmas season, a boy was playing on a display stand in the Toy Department. It just wasn’t safe for him to be in that spot. I told him he shouldn’t be there.
He told me, “My mother told me I could!”

nrhatch - December 19, 2013

Parents are a mixed bag, for sure. 😯

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