Lens-Artists Challenge #72 –Waiting

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Amy at The World is a Book challenges us to illustrate waiting……

She’s right, we spend a crapload of time waiting for irritating things like the dentist, or waiting for a great cup of coffee no matter how long it takes! I spent last week in Central Texas. One of my favorite places to go when I am there is Jo’s coffee shop in Austin. No matter what time of day it is, there is a line at this 20 year old Austin institution.

Love is in the air, and it smells like coffee.


Waiting for coffee is one thing, but do you remember how hard it was to wait for ANYTHING when you were a kid? Everything seemed to take forever, the ride to the amusement park, time spent baking a cake, waiting in line for an ice cream cone, waiting for the jiffy pop popcorn pan to expand, seeing presents under the tree without knowing what was in the boxes – ALL PURE TORTURE.

When we were in Bhutan several years ago, the little nugget below climbed up on this ledge, about an inch thick, to ask for a treat. First off, I have no clue how she did this, but she was a pro (Nadia Comaneci in the making). I have a feeling this was a normal part of her everyday life. Maybe I’m projecting, but I bet it felt like FOREVER before she had a treat in her hand.

“Great things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

~Abraham Lincoln~

Hustling for a treat with her cuteness

Thanks for the fun challenge Amy!

….i choose this…



  1. She’s definitely a cutie. Great catch. As for waiting for coffee (or food), often you get what you wait for. Whereas fast food is, well, fast but maybe not always that great, good food and drink require some work and waiting. 🙂


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  2. The little one in this photo reminds me of son #2 who, at the age of 3, climbed our front door. It was a wood door with bevelled panels and to this day, I have no idea how he managed to get to the top – which is where I found him. It seems appropriate that today he is an avid rock climber.

    It’s interesting how we differentiate between ‘waiting’ and ‘anticipation’. When it’s something we really look forward to, the anticipation is often a wonderful part of the build-up. Waiting, on the other hand, usually just sucks.

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      1. The antics of 2 lively boys was often a bit hair-raising. Taking photos was the last thing on my mind. Trying to keep them alive was 😏
        We do have one photo of son #2 on the kitchen counter in a large puddle of water. To this day, we still don’t know exactly how this little 2-year-old managed to climb on the counter. No question about it, climbing has always been his forte.

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          1. I’m back home for 2 weeks, away from my beloved Paris. So I’m staying positive and will spend this time to decluter (Goodwill/Yardsale boxes to sort out) and do a bit of DIY.
            When is your next time away from home?

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            1. Decluttering feels so amazing. We are going to Moab, Utah for a few days. Do you know this place? Super cool red rock. Sean hasn’t been so we are taking the pup and camping, hiking and biking. Glad u have some time at home for a bit. That’s always nice too.

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  3. What a great challenge…although I find waiting in itself is a challenge lol. I love that Abraham Lincoln quote and am using it in this week’s corporate newsletter, so thanks!

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  4. Love this post, Pam! The photos are fab!
    I still don’t care for waiting in lines, especially when people are pushing too tight around me. But I think I have learned to chill a great deal more and use the time to daydream or people watch.

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      1. I hear you – people in airport queues are notorious in this respect. I always try to tell myself it’s because it’s such an international crowd and people have different ideas of personal space. Not always successful self-talk, I’m afraid.

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  5. Your picture from Bhutan made me recall a beautiful moment with a smile. When I lived in ChiangMai, I’d periodically need to visit a remote town in the mountains to the north, not far from the Burmese border. The local mountain-tribe women and kids would come into the town for the morning market… mostly “Lisu” and “Akha”. The Lisu kids were very friendly and precocious. They were always very proud of their “earnings” if I bought something from one of them (usually little bracelets they’d make). I’ll never forget the big smile of one little girl after her mother bought her a sweet with some of the money I gave her… and she proudly popped into her mouth.

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  6. No box to comment on your “Tackling the Tour Du Mont Blanc” post…? But I wanted to say I loved your conclusion to the whole adventure xxx

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