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Idle threats go nowhere.

My small niece was being naughty; at the age of three She wound me up by saying "Are you mad at me?" "Oh no," I said sternly, "you wouldn't like me if I were" Quoting the incredible hulk as frustration began to stir "Why?" she said curiously, as she began to sulk "Well I turn green and growl," ( a description of the hulk She thought for a moment ( had she gone into a huff? She turned to me seriously and calmly called my bluff As she said provokingly, "Well go ahead and do it." I was quite speechless ( I couldn't and she knew it I put my angry face on ( attempted a feeble growl I think I turned more red than green, My growl was more a howl We ended up laughing ( mood of irritation broken She hugged me; called me funny; No reprimand was spoken Now I don't make empty promises or intentionally tell a lie It's no use making idle threats ( if I can't comply.

M S YOUNG
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2005
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