I is for… #atozchallenge


is for… wait wait wait. I gotta tell you about this morning first. Timbit and Dozer (our two hamsters, in case you’re new here) are starting to get used to us. We’ve only had them 9 days if you count the day we brought them home. They’re spending less time sleeping and more time nosing around. They’re also starting to let us handle them more. Crash has taken this as a sign to visit them whenever he wants. I wouldn’t mind so much, but this morning he left both of their cage doors open. (I’ll give him credit for going to wash his hands) So whichever one of you told me they’re escape artists, there’s no art to it if all they have to do walk out an open door. Dozer was still looking out his door contemplating his escape when Crash closed his door. Timbit wasn’t so slow. She was already under the couch. Fortunately, she ran herself into a corner where she was apprehended.

Okay, back on track.

I could be for igloo. We built one the size of a small estate last winter. Built over 2 days, it lasted 8 days before a 10 degree rainy day turned it to soup.

I could be for imagination because our two boys have so much of it. You know you’re in for a good story when Bang starts with, “When I was at Cat’s house”. (Cat is his imaginary friend) And Crash with Lego creations!

I could be for instigate. You know, when one kid picks on another just get them riled up. It usually ends up with screaming, wrestling, or hitting. Sometimes I just let ’em duke it out. Sometimes I play referee. Usually, I try to put a stop to it.

All those words are incredible.

Are you impatient, yet?

It’s so difficult for kids to wait, especially mine. They want it and they want it now. They’re hungry, feed them immediately! Nevermind that supper will be ready in 15 minutes. They just got $5. Take them to the store to spend it on something junky that will be lost or broken by the next day. Nevermind saving it to buy to buy something better. Except for chores. They’re never too impatient to do a chore. That word alone is enough to incite a riot!

Crash is ready to plant seeds outside. OUTSIDE! Uh, hello! We’re in Canada. Yesterday there was snow on the ground. Nevermind waiting until the ground thaws to give the seeds half a chance.

Why do we have to wait until AFTER supper to have those cookies mom just made or that ice cream we just bought while grocery shopping?

I wish we could just teleport so we don’t have to take this looooooong car ride. It’s just a 20 minute drive and since we’ve been driving for 15, how much longer do we have? Life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey.

It can be tough to be patient as an adult. Nevermind the kid who has no (or very little) concept of time. Later is too vague and 10 minutes is the same as 10 days. Bang had his primary orientation day last week. Essentially, it was a 1/2 day of kindergarten. He had so much fun he wants it to be September now. Not just now, but NOW damn it! He was pissed when he woke Friday morning to find out he was going back to kindergarten and not to primary (here, pre-school is called kindergarten and kindergarten is called primary). “When is it going to be September?” I’m glad he’s so excited to go, but it’s going to be a long 5 months if this keeps up.

What makes you impatient?




25 thoughts on “I is for… #atozchallenge

  1. I told you about the hamsters being escape artists. You’re right though, leaving the front door wide open doesn’t require much creativity on their part! Impatience is something I know very well right now. Two-year-olds have zero patience. Do they get any better at age three?


    • Timbit is a climber. She climbs the bars of her cage right to the top. If the top isn’t locked I can see her wiggling her way free. Unless of course, the top is left wide open, then no wiggling will be necessary. I would love to tell you that the terrible twos end at three. However, both of our boys became terrors at 3. Threenagers. Good luck!


  2. When we are out in public waiting for food, doc apt., etc, and my kids are whining. That makes me very impatient πŸ™„


  3. Our two young ones, now 14.5 (he’s bigger than me, and growing almost fast enough to see!) and not quite 12, have lived school-free lives. That means we don’t get a break for a few hours on weekdays, so we have a different approach. We talk a lot about things; dealing with impatience on any of our parts is a matter of balancing my expectations with their ability to wait. My son is a saver; he’s been known to turn down things or money for purchases when it was offered. My daughter is more intense and right-now, but she’s learning. She recently read a book about finances geared for pre-teen girls, and she’s seeing her time and money differently.It’s a good intersection of increasing maturity, cognitive ability, and information.

    With very littles, it can be good to give them lots of possibilities to offset what can’t happen right now. And to model patience (not always easy!). It’s also good to know that most people will choose the right now thing over the good in the long run thing, at any age.

    I’m glad you found Timbit quickly. Hopefully, that’s the last escape. =)

    BTW, my daughter loves cheetahs, so your image was a hit with her!

    Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
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    • Your daughter has great taste in animals. It one of my favorites, too. Learning patience is difficult. Crash (the oldest ) is learning. He is getting better with money. It’s just a slow process. The youngest has no concept of money yet, but is learning. I do give them option which certainly helps but sometimes I tell them they can’t do or have such and such they need to find an alternative. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t


  4. If patience is a virtue, I have no virtue! I am the most impatient person on the planet! I love the way you described your kids’ impatience. That’s so innocent, isn’t it?
    Wonderful post. I enjoyed reading it.
    You’ll probably hate that I say this but you’re so lucky that there’s snow on the ground! I live in Austin, TX and it’s 85 degrees here today with the heat index making it feel like 90. I’m originally from Niagara Falls, NY and I miss the snow and the cold. So I’m already impatient for Fall to get here again… Ha!
    Hope you’re having fun with the A-Z.

    Michele at Angels Bark


    • Patience is a tough thing. Their patience is i deed innocent. They want what they want and sometimes don’t understand why they have to wait. As for the snow, I love it, but I’m happy to see it go. I’m an all seasons apprectiator. I love the snow as much as I love the summer πŸ™‚ I can see how you’d miss the snow after moving from NY to Tx.


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