Coping elegantly

A man was grocery shopping with his grandson.  The toddler was crying, and at times, screaming at the top of his lungs.


As the grandfather walked up and down the aisles, people could hear him speaking in a soft voice,


‘We are almost done, Lyle.  Try not to cry.  Life will get better, Lyle.’


As he approached the checkout stand, he carefully brushed the toddler’s tears from his eyes and said again,


‘Try not to cry, Lyle.  We will be home soon, Lyle.’


He was paying the cashier as the toddler continued to cry loudly.  A young woman in line behind him said,


‘Sir, I think it’s wonderful how sweet you are being to your little Lyle.’


The grandfather blinked his eyes a couple of times before saying,


‘My grandson’s name is John.  I’m Lyle.’ 

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