impatience

You're impatient.
You don't like to wait;
not at restaurants
or in bars.
And when I take too long
choosing an outfit
or doing my hair,
You just walk out
without me.
But when I'm feeling sad,
or mad,
You always have time
to talk me through it.
And when I'm excited to show You
something inconsequential,
like a slug in the woods,
or a great big mushroom
You always have time
to show me you care.
Not about slugs
or mushrooms.
About me.
You're impatient.
You don't like to wait.
Yet you give me your time
when you think it will make me
happy.
And it does.
Leopard Slug, Olympic National Rain Forest, Washington

I know it sounds a little mean, that line about him just walking out when I take too long to get ready. It’s not, though.

He knows that I take too long because I’m anxious, and he knows that the best thing for me to do in those situations is to just make a decision and move on. How can I make a decision when I’m indecisive? That’s the problem.

Being indecisive about what to wear gives me anxiety. I don’t want to be left behind, and he knows that whatever outfit I throw on will look fine. So, he just leaves.

It’s brilliant, really.

It gets me out the door every time, and once I’m out and about I stop feeling anxious about what I’m wearing.

He knows that.

What would happen if he didn’t do that? How long would I spend going back and forth between outfits before giving up and deciding to stay at home?

It’s like Morrissey sang in This Charming Man,

I would go out tonight,

but I haven’t got a stitch to wear!
This man said, “It’s gruesome
That someone so handsome should care!”

The Smiths

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  • Anonymous

    Love the inward thinking/analysis of this one. If we can just step back and take a good look at the whole situation, we could avoid much confrontation with others, by simply understanding where they were coming from, and what outcome resulted.

    • Sam

      Thank you! I agree, it’s good to take a step back 🙂

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