"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
I responded as back up for another Deputy to a domestic dispute call. The couple were in their seventies. The other Deputy attempted to get them both quieted down so that he could find out what the trouble was and then hopefully settle it.
The husband did quiet down but the old woman just kept on babbling. Every time the Deputy would try to say something she would start trying to out talk him.
It's not easy for an Officer to tell a 70-year old woman to be quiet, I guess because it's kind of like yelling at your Grandmother. However, frustration can finally win out, and that is what happened to this Officer. He looked at her and said, "Look Lady you're going to have to be quiet." Well that didn't slow her down at all.
The more frustrated you get the less you think of her as your Grandmother. Soon the Deputy was pointing his finger at her and shouting, "Look you've got to shut up and be quiet!" The Officer stood about five feet eleven and the woman was about five feet one or two. They were standing about three feet apart facing each other. As he shook his finger at her, his hand was about four inches from her face.
Something in his last statement to her did the trick, she stopped talking, then before he knew what had happened she grabbed his hand in both of hers. She cupped his hand and started kissing it and said, "Yes sir Sheriff!"
I had to step in and handle the rest of the call because he was stunned. He just kept saying, "I can't believe she just did that."
In the end when you think about it she did a better job of shutting him up then he did shutting her up.
by R.L. Dettwiler