Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor
I hate waiting in lines.
I was waiting at Dunkin’ Donuts and the people behind me were sharing a joke, laughing uproariously. I enjoy a good joke, so I turned around and asked what was so funny. A lady pointed at my behind. Seems I’d torn the seat of my slacks and everything was hanging out there for their viewing pleasure. I did not buy coffee. I did not buy donuts.
Another time I accidentally made folks laugh was after an outdoor dog-training session, during which I had worked in a kennel that hadn’t been recently cleaned. I made a quick stop at the CVS before going home. Although I’d cleaned my boots, I had apparently missed a large blob of puppy-doo on my jeans. The cashier and all those within ten feet of me noticed. Boy, did they notice. When I turned around, they were all holding their noses and laughing while maintaining social distancing. This was way before social distancing was mandatory.
It isn’t only the people behind me that suffer. While waiting to have my dogs receive their rabies shots, my little dog Sam lifted his leg on the white slacks of the person in front of me. No one notice. The person behind me was thrilled that I let her (and her dog) ahead of me in line.
There are times when waiting is uncalled for. For instance, it was my turn at the cash register at a department store when the clerk’s phone rang. She answered it and spoke with the customer for three or four minutes, so I got on my cell phone and called the store. The clerk answered by asking me if I could hold. I said no. When she asked what she could do to help me I said, “You can ring up my purchases.” She did.
I plan to spend whatever time I have left on laughter, friendship, and family. Although I still stand in the occasional line, I won’t wait to enjoy myself wherever I am. And I’ll keep sharing it with you, hoping it brings a smile to your face.
Photo by Kate Trifo