Project We: Waiting

Webster defines waiting as:

To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart. [1913 Webster]

This, clearly, is not the correct word to use for what my children do – as when they “wait” there is absolutely no “resting” or “remaining stationary”, and clearly, no patience involved:

“Maaaaaaam, when do we get to go?”

“Moooooooommmmmm, how much longer do we have to stay?”

“Mooooooooooooommmmmmm, how many sleeps until Santa comes?”


I think Boo stomped into the sitting room no less than 15 times in 14 minutes asking when it would be HIS turn on the Wii. (I thought I was pretty clear with my “when I’m done” response, but I guess that was the wrong answer.)

And I get it. Five minutes is forever in kid-time. Six months is a lifetime, practically.

It’s easy to forget this, when, as a grown up (or someone pretending to be one), months flash by as if mere days. Time really does fly for us – it seems as if Boo was just cutting teeth yesterday, and now I’m seeing his gummy grin again as he’s losing those same baby teeth.

I think the next time my kiddos are impatient – waiting for a snack, waiting to go to the park, waiting for an airplane – I’ll try to think about how long I waited for them to be a part of my life.

Perhaps it will give me a bit of perspective.


  1. Such a good point that time is relative. Five minutes for us is tiny, but for a little ones, it’s definitely longer!

  2. LOVE the smiles!!! And why does time speed up as we get older? Even my elderly mother says its flying right by and she really doesn’t do a whole lot anymore 🙂

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  3. Gmom Phyl says

    Don’t forget, the person not mentioned in this post has never been good at waiting!!

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  4. Gmom Phyl says

    And then there is your husband, a man of infinite patience……………………….NOT

  5. It’s ok. Time is relative. Relatively slow. 😛

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