Earlier this week, upon growing tired of explaining our frustrating “waiting” status, I referenced the part of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! that outlines The Waiting Place. I thought that this was pretty standard, required reading material but then again, I’ve been wrong (just a time or two) before. In case you haven’t had the joy of reading this book (and really you need to go do so right this very instant. Not I’m serious. Go…), here’s the referenced passage.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
Ah, yes, as much as I ever thought I understood the concept behind this passage, I know now that I never really did. Until now. My mom also posted an incredibly, emotionally accurate on the same topic which you should definitely check out as I think, secure, intense waiting, or normal, everyday waiting, is something we all run up against.
You can find her at http://www.growinginplace.wordpress.com
In more positive news, our much more downplayed but also new addition to the family has been staying here at the hospital with me. Say hello to my lovely little iPad! Hello! She still doesn’t have a name but, hey, there’s time. I’m still figuring out my way around it and trying to learn the ways in which google reader and wordpress work with the software but for the most part, it’s just as easy as can be.
Hopefully my update on Monday after all of my tests are done will rocket us out of the waiting room in one way or another and I’ll at long last have something cool to share. Thank you, once again, for all of your love and support and your vicarious waiting.