Weekend Writing Prompt #46 – Patience – The Toy Box.

I’ve heard them say patience is a virtue. It’s not something that comes readily to mind especially when there is a sense of urgency needed or a crisis is at hand.

Some people practice it with ease; some find it a real nuisance, as they have no time for the dilly-dallying of other people.

When there’s a job at hand, it’s about getting down to it not discussing the ins and outs of appears a straightforward task.

Though I have been guilty of not adhering to this virtue as when I said I’d make the kids a window box. It was to be both a seat and toy box.

Having the required tools but none of the skill needed to complete the job I set to work thinking I had everything in hand.

Working hard, thinking ahead, never behind, I sawed, nailed and painted. Proud of my efforts I’d discovered one important step I had overlooked.

The box, by days end, was looking good and I proudly carried up to the place it was to fit. To my dismay, the box was six inches too long.

Frustrated by my lack of patience in the preparation I dragged the box outside and sawed-off six inches, made a new end and dragged it back in again.

It sat where it did for some years as a constant reminder of not just my lack of patience but also my greater lack of skill. I still cringe thinking about it.


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6 Responses to Weekend Writing Prompt #46 – Patience – The Toy Box.

  1. calmkate says:

    lol some of us are thinker and others are doers, I’m not so good at the practical skills either. Best thing is that you followed through on your promise, a thing that young kids do notice!

  2. Lyn says:

    The problem is, when we’re building something, we sometimes forget the old adage, ‘Measure twice, cut once.’ Something my poor son in law should have done recently when they bought a new oven. He forgot to measure the space where said oven should go. As a result it was 5cm (2 inches) too wide for the space. Thankfully he’s very hand at carpentry and was able to adjust the size of the kitchen cupboard, though not without a lot of muttering about how he was sure he knew how wide the old oven was from when they originally bought it (18 years ago.)
    Michael, you can make me a blanket box if you like 😀

    • Michael says:

      The odd thing is Lyn, I come from a family where my dad and younger brother were both builders and through the strange fate of genetics I inherited none of those skills. hence if I need anything done I ask my eldest son who has inherited those skills and is very happy being asked to do stuff like that.

  3. Oh, the times that has happened, then when Hubby cuts it to size, it’s too short!
    Reminds me of our first kitchen revamp. The work top should have slotted into place with ease. It didn’t. Have a laugh Michael. https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/hubbys-little-helper/

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