Dec 19, 2012 - 4:24 pm
On Monday I went to the lab at Kaiser to get my blood drawn. As usual, I pulled my number and looked at the current number to estimate the wait for check in. Only 10 numbers ahead of me, not a bad wait.
Shortly after that, a woman sat in the chair across from me, and started complaining about how long it was taking. "It's always bad, What takes so long"...blah, blah, blah. A minute or two after that a woman near the check in counter starts loudly complaining..."it always happens like this here. Just 'cuz I didn't get up and get over here fast enough, you took someone in front of me. Well, I don't have time for this." Stomp, stomp, stomp, on her way out, still loudly complaining.
Then a couple minutes later, another number is called. Up comes a young mother and her little girl. The girl is about 2.5 years old and is carrying a baby doll. Very carefully the laid her doll on the base of the number machine and told her to nap. Then she started walking around and around the pole of number machine. The entire time that mom was checing in, the girl kept asking "is it our turn soon mommy?' "...our turn soon?" The child was not whining or annoying, the mom never lost her patience. Soon all the people around me were smiling, because this little girl was so adorable. The lady across from had the biggest change in attitude, she started smiling and then talking to girl about her doll.
It was so nice to see this little girl teach all those grownups how to wait patiently and that attitude makes a huge difference in your ability to tolerate the little annoying things in life. I thought it a wonderful lesson for this season.
P.S. When it was finally the little girl's turn to get her blood drawn, she said "Oh no mommy, it's not our turn." ...which brought more smiles and some laughter in the waiting room.