8/24/15

Hold On . . .

There are parts of parenting that are wonderful and blessed and full. When your child can ride her bike to and from a spot without fear or endangerment. When reading at night becomes a 66% her, 34% you proposition. These are all terrific things that you work and wait and struggle and aspire to.

The delays and the wait are well worth it. You don't really think about it and you don't stress over it - you just sort of let it happen. THEN there are the parts of parenting that require patience that make me super, super grumpy.

Case in point . . . "Hold" and "on" are the most uttered words in the Amore household. And never calmly or in a controlled or musical way.

To be clear, the words can be beautiful and musical:

Wilson Phillips wants you to do it (for at least another day or so) . . .


The Alabama Shakes what you to do it . . . 


Tom Waits is fine if you decide to do it . . . 


Drake insists you do it (in 2015 or 1985) . . . 


Dierks Bentley is doing it (for a truck) . . . 


Colbie Caillat is being implored to do it . . . 


The Buble is there for you if you want to do it . . . 


But in our house it always sounds like some nasal explosion of angst, frustration, and procrastination.
  • "Time to go." . . . "Hold on."
  • "What is 3 x 9" . . . "Hold on."
  • "Would you please turn that off so we can get going" . . . "Hold on."
  • "I need help with this homework." . . . "Hold on."
  • "I'm not sure how much more I can do." . . . "Hold on."
  • "The car broke down and we're halfway over this cliff and there is a lion coming to eat us. I'm going to get help. Just hold on."

You get the point.We can and should all be better about it - both the sense of urgency and the appropriate context for that urgency. 

I guess, in the grand scheme of things there are worst dual-syllabic utterances we could toss back and forth but I'm growing impatient with the hold on.