Patience.

Older woman in line in front of me at the grocery store. She has a cart full of merchandise — and she’s next. She sees I have only 2 items…

“Is this going to be one of those fast transactions?”

Oh yeah, but you go ahead. You beat me here fair and square! — she laughs — But really, I’m not in a hurry and I like to exercise my patience.

“‘Exercise your patience’ — That’s funny. I used to work at a ski resort… a long time ago. And one of the things they used to have us do to prepare for the ski season was to go stand in lines at the grocery store.”

It works, doesn’t it? It’s like building a muscle.

“You never worked at a ski resort, did you?”

(I laugh) — No. I just practice patience because I don’t think I’m very good at it!

“Oh, you’re patient!”

(I smile) — Thanks. I’m trying!

We wished each other good days. Then she was gone.

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