First Friday Freewrite #59: “Waiting…”

Welcome back to the First Friday Freewrite! 

Here’s how it works: I post a “JUMP LINE,” a short phrase that will serve as a writing prompt, each first Friday of the month.

YOU put pen to paper and write. (I’ll do it, too, of course.)  Don’t think.  Don’t cross out.  (That is wise advice borrowed from Natalie Goldberg in Wild First-Friday-FreewriteMind.)  Just start with the prompt and see where it takes you.

Then POST YOUR RESPONSE as a comment.  (Just click the comment bubble  to the right of the post title to leave a reply.)

Today’s jump line:  “Waiting…”

Happy Writing!

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2 thoughts on “First Friday Freewrite #59: “Waiting…”

  1. Waiting…..

    It seems ironic that in this electronic age of high speed internet and smart phones that give us almost instant information gratification, we spend more time than ever waiting. People in office settings often stand by helplessly while copiers crank out pages and pages of printed matter with a cadence that lulls them into a trance-like state. Balky computer programs give us of hours of entertainment as we watch the pulsing hourglass that assures us that “something is happening.” Doctor’s “appointment?” It’s only an estimate, an approximation of when you might actually get to see someone; “waiting room” is the prefect descriptor. And the list goes on – restaurant lines, cars trapped on the freeway during commute hour, etc, etc etc.

    But … my all time favorite is when you make that toll-free call and you get the message that goes like this: “We are experiencing an unusually high volume of calls. Please remain on the line. Your call is important to us.” Twice I’ve gone through that waiting process for 45 minutes only to be told that the backlog was so heavy that they would not be able to assist me, at which point I was disconnected.

    • So true! I have often had cause to wonder if all our technology really simplifies things at all, or saves time. It certainly makes information available in more widespread ways, but is that better? During a recent power outage (two whole hours on a weekday evening), I overheard a neighbor remark, out of frustration because of the unavailability of electronic devices during this momentary inconvenience, “What is the world coming to?” Upon hearing this, I wondered the exact same thing, though for vastly different reasons.

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