Yesterday Bob sent me this photo he snapped at the grocery store, along with the caption: A place where Joni will never be found.
Of course, he means it as a service center for people who can be patient, not the medical way they mean it.
I honestly thought I would grow more patient as I got older, and realized how few things are worth stressing over. But, as it turns out, my realization that time is running out has only made me feel more rushed, more pressed to get things done before the sand falls through the hourglass. Or life-glass, whatever’s running.
When I was in first grade I came home with a report card that said, “Joni has a hard time being patient with her peers.” I didn’t even know what a peer was. But if it’s defined as someone who is your equal, why were they doing everything so slowly?
You know the Department of Motor Vehicle scene in Zootopia? It’s where two sloths are running things, and talking so slowly it could make you jump out of your seat, screaming. That’s how my whole life seems at times.
I did have one moment of progress. I think. It’s when my mother, who had Alzheimers’ for eight years, was in a care facility (she had also broken her back, hip, and shoulder). I was helping her and chatting with her when a nurse, who had been watching, said, “You have such patience.”
It was literally a jaw-dropping moment for me. “I do?” I said. No one had ever given me that compliment before. But it’s one of my favorites.
And then, of course, I went back to my hurrying. A couple of weeks ago I called my doctor and got the recordings we all know: If you’re a doctor, press 1. If you’re a pharmacy, press 2. If you’re a patient, press 3.
“WHAT?” I thought. If I’m impatient I can press 3? This is fantastic! This means someone will pick right up, be super efficient, and become my new best friend. But it was not to be. Maybe they should have had another one: If you didn’t hear this right, press 4 for a hearing test.
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