The Waiting Game

We spend much of our lives waiting. As children we wait for Christmas. When we start school, we wait for summer vacation. Later we wait for SAT scores and for responses from colleges to which we’ve applied. Perhaps afterwards we wait for GRE or LSAT results. We wait in line at the supermarket and at the bank, and we wait for the right person to come along.

We also ask others to wait, as in “Hold on a sec,” “Wait, wait, don’t tell me!” and the old standard “Hold your horses,” an expression thought to have originated in 19th century America which often has the implication of advising someone to consider carefully before an undertaking.

At the moment someone very special in our family’s life is waiting: our youngest granddaughter is waiting for her first tooth–or teeth, as four are emerging simultaneously–to appear. Actually, she’s too young to understand what’s happening, so it’s really the adults who are waiting. They’re waiting for her gums to not be so tender, and waiting to see the white buds burst forth, and a few short years from now they’ll wait for them to fall out so they can play Tooth Fairy.

If, in fact, our granddaughter does have a sense of this, that she is on the cusp (or bicuspid) of a momentous occasion, I must say she’s waiting in style.

Ellie Incognito


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle ( and print ( versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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5 Responses to The Waiting Game

  1. Ninette Bravo says:

    Love it :-)…..


    “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to DANCE IN THE RAIN!”   


  2. Shelly says:

    Sugar sweet! xo

  3. Kristina Brittenham says:

    Adorable Mom. 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone

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