You know how little kids will cry and scream like they’re dying, and then suddenly turn the tears off like a faucet?
It is surprisingly effective in adulthood.
When I was walking Rory before dinner tonight, I heard shouting and crying from somewhere in my neighborhood. Soon I discovered the source — a woman walking on the other side of my street, having a fit on her cellphone.
Then suddenly her cellphone signal appeared to drop, and so did the tantrum.
She stopped crying. Her face went slack. She looked as calm and cool as a cucumber as she redialed the number. But as soon as the other party picked up —
I have no idea how successful she was pleading her case on the phone, but she certainly got everyone’s attention on my street.