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Scary instructors need not apply

Compiled by Allen R. Smith

Years ago, I was assigned a private lesson with a cantankerous 3-year-old boy. His father introduced me to Nelson and said he would meet us at the children’s ski school at the end of the day. As soon as his father left, Nelson began to whine, then threw himself down on the snow, kicking and screaming. Having children of my own, I knew exactly what to do.So, I bent over and said, “NELSON, IF YOU DO NOT STOP SCREAMING THIS INSTANT, I WILL TELL YOUR FATHER WHAT A BAD BOY YOU WERE AND YOU WILL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN.”His eyes grew as big as saucers as he gasped. He sniffed a couple of more times, and then said, “OK.”At the end of the day, Nelson’s father was at the bottom to meet us. “How did the lesson go?” he asked. “Oh, fine.” I said. “Nelson was a perfect little gentleman.””That’s great!” his father said. “We had to fire his last instructor for scaring him.”- Anne-Marie Bruner, Alpine Meadows, Calif.Vail, Colorado


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