One could say that life with small kids is in and of itself a lesson in patience, with their dawdling, endless questioning, misbehaving in the same ways over and over again, and love for hearing songs, reading books, and asking you to "do it again" many times a day. Today required an extra measure of patience because we were at the doctor's office. The wait there is getting to be too much, I don't know if they are more popular, booking patients too closer together, or what, but sitting in an exam room for an hour before the doctors come in is torture with little ones. I was getting all riled up, thinking of what to say to the doctor about it, when I had a thought.
I am so fortunate that my kids have great medical care. If there is ever an emergency they can be seen right away. Sick visits happen on the same day. I don't like to pay a $30 co-pay only to find out it's a virus, but I can afford it. There are people, lots of people, in this country and others, that cannot access or afford a doctor. They would gladly wait an hour to be seen and cared for. I have nothing to complain about.
So I left the doctor's office and went to a drive thru, I knew I wouldn't have time to make lunch because we had someone coming to give us an estimate on painting the upstairs. The line was SO SLOW! I couldn't believe it! And what do you know, I started feeling the anger bubbling up again.
I told Evan "I guess we're learning about patience today, buddy." If I want food, I go get it. And I get exactly what I want, any kind of food, from all over the world. It's all available to me basically 24 hours a day. I can afford it, I can drive to get it, and my stomach is never empty. Nothing to complain about!
We got an offer on our house today. Finally sold (again) after 6 months! Our patience paid off! Oh, wait, as we were preparing our counter, they withdrew their offer. No explanation, we don't think it could have had anything to do with us, but it's gone. We have a house, though, and we are all together, we can make our mortgage payments, we can send our kids to a great school. We are blessed. And hopefully a little more patient than yesterday.