Patient Dad in line

I was at the deli counter behind another dad and his son the other day. He has his hands full – the kid was screaming for candy, cookies… all sorts of things. The dad kept saying in a controlled voice: “Easy, Tyler, this won’t take long. Just chill out.”

He had another outburst in the cereal aisle and his dad just said “Settle down, Tyler. Just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, buddy.”

At the checkout, I see him in the next lane over and the kid is throwing items out of the cart. His Dad says again, super-calmly, “Tyler… Tyler, relax! Don’t get upset. We’ll be home in ten minutes. Just stay cool, Tyler.” It was impressive.

So, as we’re both walking out of the store I turned to him and said “I’m sure it’s none of my business, but you were amazing back there. I don’t know how you kept your composure. I might have snapped if my son was in that kind of mood. Tyler is very lucky to have you as his dad!”

And he said “Thanks! But actually, I’m Tyler. This little shit’s name is Kyle.”


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