It’s hard to see with so many around. You know I don’t like being stuck in the crowd.

A couple of years ago, I caught a plane with Mr Woog up to Queensland. When we landed, the DING went off so of course everyone leaps up and grabs their gear like the plane is on fire, only to have to stand there for a few minutes.

This particular day, two men, strangers to one another, had an argument over their bags and whose bag should come down first. It was quite heated. Being somewhat of a Mrs Mangel, I was itching to play referee but my beloved stayed seating, hissing at me through his teeth “DO NOT SAY ANYTHING….”

He is a lover, not a fighter.

Anyway, they THEN had to stand there for AGES, as apparently the pilot had lost the pane keys or something. It was so awkward. Two grown men carrying on like complete imbeciles. Oh for shame.

I am not without fault. I was at a meeting last year sitting next to a pen clicking man who would not stop. click click click click click

Would not stop.

click

Eventually, I couldn’t hold it in any longer.

“Can you please stop clicking that pen. I cannot stand it.”

He looked at me and without missing a beat he said…

“And I cannot stand your face!”

I burst out laughing and he got very confused because I should have probably been offended, and let’s be honest, it was him who had to look at me, I didn’t have to look at me. Also funny because it came from a middle-aged man, not someone in infants school.

I was talking to some mates about patience today, and one of them, she is very wise, said that there was no problem that couldn’t be solved without it. Remember when you used to wait for a movie to come out? Or a book to come into store? Or your favourite band might be playing and you wanted to get a ticket.

You waited.

We don’t wait anymore. We want it now. My beloved started getting shirty last night with the Ubereats App which was apparently “being a dick”, so I just called the pizza place and ordered it the old fashioned way.

“We cannot track it.” He said. “How will we know when it is here?”

Again, the old fashioned way. A door knock will signal its arrival.

If one of those men on the plane showed some patience, there would not have been a near fisticuffs in row 32.

If I had shown a little patience with pen clicking bloke, I would now not know that there was a man out there in the world, who couldn’t stand my face.

And with all the shit going on in the world right now, we could all do with a swift kick up the ass and show a little kindness and patience with each other. Let the old man have his toilet paper.

Relax a little.

Are you a patient person?