except the time lost whilst waiting.
I read somewhere, years ago, that that phrase was the legitimate ending to the oft quoted expression. It stuck in my mind as it gives me justification for my perpetual impatience. You see, I have spent 36 years waiting for Maus.
I am a ‘now’ person. ‘Let’s do it now!’
Maus is a self-confessed ‘gunna’. ‘I am gunna do it soon.’
‘and never the twain shall meet.’
For years, I have wanted a street sign for our block. You can’t see the house, nor block for that matter, from the street so, unless you give quite detailed instructions, people (particularly unenthusiastic trades people) get lost. Over time, I have come to describe our place as ‘the one without a sign’. Everyone else in the street has a sign. 😦
Of course, I turned to Maus (the woodworking genius) for my sign.
After an inordinate amount of planning and time, she started it. And then it sat … and then she did a bit more … and then it sat … and then she did a bit more … and then it sat … and then she did a bit more … and then it sat … and then, just after she had made the ‘Lot 12’ part, we got a street number. I implored her not to be deterred. ‘We can replace the lot number with the street number, later,’ I beseeched. And so it sat.
Then, the sign was nearly ready. We got Pierre, the French chef, to dig a hole and concrete a post (from our old verandah in Perth) in position, where it stood for a year or so. Then Maus did a bit more … and then it sat … and then one day she said ‘The sign is, virtually, ready. I am not sure about it. I might need to cut a bit off the top length’. To which I replied, ‘Let’s just hang it up and see’. (I tell you folks, that sign ain’t coming down, again, any time soon). And here it is! It is wonderful! Thanks, Maus!!!! Luv ya!!!!
I am so happy – for two reasons. Firstly, I love the sign and, secondly, now I can start nagging Maus to move on to another project I have on her list. 🙂
BTW: Check out the windcheater Maus is wearing. That was my windcheater. (Yep, I used to be that thin.) I bought it on the Canary Islands in 1982. It has the emblem for the Universidad De La Laguna, Tenerife on the top left corner. I love the fact that it is still being worn.