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The three year-old was the active sort, which in this case means that fingers were constantly reaching for everything and feet were always moving toward new targets. For his birthday, and intimate family gathering had been arranged and family members were engaged in making the child's day complete. His maternal grandmother, a stoic lady under the best of circumstances, sat quietly while her gift was unwrapped.

Upon opening the package, the child discovered a large water pistol. Squealing with delight, he headed for the nearest sink.

The mother, not especially pleased, turned to her mother and began,

"I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?"

The grandmother's countenance did not change whatever, while she uttered the words,

"Oh Yes! I remember ..."