My mom sent me this joke via email... and I find myself able to relate in a few ways!
An elderly man was grocery shopping with his grandson. The toddler was crying and at times screaming at the top of his lungs.
As the elderly gentleman walked up and down the aisles, people could hear him speaking in a soft voice...
"We are almost done, Albert... Try not to cry, Albert... Life will get better, Albert..."
As he approached the checkout stand, he gently brushed the toddler's tears from his eyes and said again, "Try not to cry, Albert... We'll be home soon, Albert..."
As he was paying the cashier, the toddler continued to cry and a young woman in line behind him said, "Sir, I think it's wonderful how sweet you're being to your little Grandson Albert."
The elderly gentleman smiled slightly, blinked his eyes a couple of times, and said "My grandson's name is John... I am Albert."