The corn is planted, now the farmers wait. Our lives are full of waiting. As we age, it is not too wise to have folks tell you to wait, let’s say, for a better time, or until the shipment comes in, or just wait and see. We really don’t have the time to wait!
All of our lives are punctuated with waiting, it seems. As children, we have to wait for Christmas, to cross the road, to go swim, to eat the Halloween candy.
It gets worse, as we grow up. Pregnancy takes nine months! College is four years, and then more if you are greedy for more work and waiting.
Promotions, buying the first house, getting him or her to say ”let’s get married” are forever!
Of course, there is a hint of impatience here, and some will say, that’s the way it is supposed to be. Really?
Some things could be a little quicker. Having our loved ones get better sooner, the very great job to appear, or a sweet baby, when everyone says “all in good time.”
My friend is waiting for a broken ankle to heal, so I try to send stupid get-well cards to her. She was delighted with a little dumb card. Of course, what else does she have to do, but wait for the mail?
Her six weeks is almost over, but those will be so-o-o-o long. I have been there. (Of course, I had Martha Stewart to teach me perfect things while I lounged!)
A good sense of humor helps in waiting, so try to be upbeat when others seem to be at the end of their patience.
Sympathy and love are so important and, of course, that is the same thing as being kind!
Happy Fourth of July, and have a good summer.
Note to readers: Nedda Simon of rural Princeton can be reached at email@example.com.