A little girl who was writing a school paper asked her father, “Dad, what is the difference between anger and exasperation?” “It’s mostly a matter of degree.”
The dad replied. ” Let me show you what I mean”. With that the dad picked up the phone and dialed a number at random. A man answered the phone and the dad says, “Hello, is Homer there?” The man on the other end answered, “I’m sorry, you must have the wrong number. There’s nobody here by that name.”
The father hangs up and immediately hits redial, “Hello, is Homer there?” asks the father. “Now listen up buddy, there’s nobody here by that name so quit bothering me!” The dad listens as the man slams the phone down.
“You see,” says the dad, “he is starting to get angry.” He hits redial and a loud voice comes on the line.
“HELLO!” the man yells. “Yes, is Homer there? asks the father calmly. “Are you crazy?” the man screams, ” I told you Homer doesn’t live here so don’t call back again!” Then he slams the phone down again.
“Did you hear that?” the father asked the little girl, “Now that is what anger sounds like.” “Now you’re going to hear exasperation.” He picked the phone up and hit redial again. “HELLO!” boomed the voice on the other end. “Hello” the dad says politely, “This is Homer, have I had any calls?”