Patience was something I needed to learn. Especially after The Boy's autism diagnosis. And it's something that I am constantly aware of.
By nature, I am the least patient person around. I am the typical New Yorker who wants things done yesterday. Here's my Top 10 list of things I have ZERO patience:
10. Large groups of tourists. The kind who gather on street corners trying to figure out where to go next.
9. Waiting in line at The Gap, Duane Reade or the bank/ATM. Even when I'm not in a rush. I start tapping my foot, sighing really loudly, shaking my head or rolling my eyes. Oh yeah, I can be that customer.
8. Angry Birds. I don't think this one needs an explanation.
7. Waiting for my nails to dry when I get a manicure. I hate sitting with my hands under that little machine. I guess that's why I hardly get manicures.
6. Internet Explorer. At home, we use Fire Fox but the office has Internet Explorer and it SUCKS. But Unknown Mami explains it best.
5. Moms of "typical" kids who have no clue what it's like dealing the special education system who want to tell me how to handle my situation. I have to walk away.
4. People on the train who do dumb stuff during rush hour. Like hug the pole or lean up against it. Lovey dovey teens making out or when a girl sits on her boyfriends lap and I'm sitting next to them. People who eat - especially when it's a meal that requires cutlery. Or other stuff like crab legs (I swear, I've seen this - eewww) or sunflower seeds (and spit them out - more eewwww). Couples who argue.
3. Shopping/trying things on in the fitting room. I hate the process of taking off all of my clothes and trying something on to realize it doesn't fit or I don't like the way it looks. Then getting dressed, frustrated and ready to leave. And as I'm walking out the door, I spot something else that I may like and going back into the fitting. It can be a vicious cycle.
2. Calling customer service. There is nothing worse than calling customer service, having to punch or speak a million different things before getting a representative that I can barely hear because they are located on the other side of the globe. I miss the old days when you called a number and got a real person immediately.
And the #1 thing I have absolutely NO patience for:
The New York City Board of Education.
Who or what tests YOUR patience?