Since turning fifty, I have discovered something about myself which I am finding is not necessarily a bad virtue. Impatience. We have all heard the saying that “Patience is a Virtue.” Well, I’m not feeling it anymore. I think it’s okay to be impatient with people who take advantage of the system. As I grow older, I find it’s necessary to call out people who waste your time (though maybe not to their face but that’s the benefits of having a blog). For example, I like Starbucks. In our small lakeside town, we have one drive-thru fast food restaurant, but 462 Starbucks. You can find one on every corner and in every grocery store. So you may be surprised to know that until recently, I rarely, if ever visited a Starbucks despite the fact that I crave their iced lattes. Why? Because for me personally nothing is more ridiculous than standing in a long line watching people order the most over-the-top drinks. Any drink that takes you twenty minutes to order is bit presumptuous. And yes, these are actual drinks:
“Yes, hi, I’ll have a tall half-skinny half-1 percent extra hot split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip.”
“Good Morning. Can I get a Venti sugar free Carmel Latte Skinny, add shot, extra foam, no whip, made with soy milk.”
“Yes, I’d like the regular: Triple Venti Sugar free, Non fat, No foam, extra caramel, with whip caramel macchiato. Then pour regular coffee down the side with 2 packs of raw sugar and a stir stick on the side.”
So imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered a drive-thru Starbucks, the first one in our small town, opened a few blocks from me. I am now their most frequent customer. They recognize my voice right between the “Good” and the “Morning” and have my order ready so quickly that I barely slow to a stop at the window. I can listen to my favorite radio station, balance my checkbook, apply lipstick, all while ignoring what the person in front of me is ordering. It’s a win-win.
As I grow older, I find that I tap my foot more often at people who stand in line in front of me and take their sweet time. My mother swears I’m just like my father but I have been that person at Subway who is behind the customer ordering two dozen foot-long unusual sandwiches when all I want is a plain tuna. You know when the person in front of you pulls out a piece of paper longer than your Christmas list, you are in trouble. It is at that point you want to calmly point to the sign at the register that says, ” Call Ahead for Large Orders!”
Overnight retreats with your daughter’s Girl Scout troop
Waiting in the Doctor’s office while your child screams with an ear infection..
It’s Christmas Eve, you just finished wrapping the last gift, thawed the turkey and your husband asks you, “Do you need help?”
Your teenager stumbles down the stairs at 2:00 in the afternoon and asks “What’s for breakfast?”