It’s a Virtue

husband-and-wife“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” ~ Anonymous.

The midweek word-prompt on GC’s and my Weekly Prompts site is Patience.

We asked our readers how patient they are when it comes to completing things in their lives. Do they see projects through to completion or does frustration weaken their resolve? This is my own response to the challenge.

Generally speaking, I’m pretty patient, as a mother it came naturally, and living with my late husband, I needed to be. Jesting aside (oh, was I). I believe patience is inbuilt, it’s part of who we are, more nature than nurture.

Regarding projects, I love learning new things and taking on new ideas, I enjoy the challenge, I don’t give in easily and will normally see each project through to fruition. I also enjoy organising everyone else and on occasion, I can be a little bossy, just ask GC!

During the past couple of weeks I’ve needed my patience. Firstly, one of the whisks from my handheld mixer went missing. The last person to use it was my twenty-something son, who of course denied all knowledge of its whereabouts whilst telling me “It’s not the end of the world, use the big mixer!”

Next, a small kitchen knife disappeared, I searched cupboards and drawers and all the likely places but neither of the missing items turned up.

The other night, just after I’d gone to bed, my son knocked on my bedroom door. “Mum I can’t find my phone, have you seen it?” I listed all the places I’d seen his phone during the evening until eventually, I switched on my own and rang his number.

He followed the ring tone and moments later came back up the stairs to  announce he’d found it. I asked him where, to which he nonchalantly replied, “In the rubbish bin!”

Yesterday afternoon I phoned the Samsung service line and asked for a repair to my washing machine. English was not the first language of the person I spoke to, and each question and sentence began with ‘Mrs Susan’. It was also necessary to repeat my replies several times. Half an hour later I gave a sigh of relief as the call finally ended. A minute passed and I received a text which read… Thank you for your order, if you still wish to proceed please ring this number! Not feeling very patient I rang the number, it was now 3:55 PM, an answering machine announced Your call cannot be taken at this moment, our lines closed at 4:00 PM!

Some of you may remember a recent pre-Christmas post named Trouble at Till.  Well, believe it or not, a couple of days ago it happened again! A grumpy old codger (about my age) made his unwelcome presence known by ramming his trolley into the conveyor belt, then proceeded to empty the contents whilst I was still unloading my own. I’m fairly certain this was a childish, wilful act, almost vengeful because minutes earlier, when turning a corner, I’d accidentally bumped into his trolley and he’d not taken it well.

I chose not to rise to the occasion, instead, I ignored him and struck up a cheerful conversation with the checkout assistant. I think that classifies as patience.

(C) 2019 – Word Prompt ‘Patience‘ from Weekly Prompts

11 thoughts on “It’s a Virtue

  1. Maureen Helen

    Great weekly prompt, Sue, and I enjoyed reading your response. I think being patient depends very much on the events and context. One answer does not fit all.

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  2. gc

    You are a very patient person Susan. Heavens knows I test yours an awful lot but often that is unavoidable. I too hate those phone calls to essential services in which a person who is not that fluent in the English language tries to piece together a quilted version of the chat . 🙂

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