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I went to a fabric store Tuesday to get some thread to sew patches on my daughter’s Girl Scout uniform. With supplies in hand, I made my way to the checkout 20 minutes before I had to pick up my son from preschool. Once in line I had the misfortune of being stuck behind a woman with her 2 and 4 year old grandsons. The youngest was sitting in the shopping cart and the oldest was jumping around and reeking havoc on the unsuspecting store.

The grandmother asked the older brother countless times to please hang onto the cart. She apologized to me and to the checker. I was childless and frustrated by the kid’s unwillingness to listen the grandmother’s inability to discipline.

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