Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Good things come to those who wait.

Sometimes, when I use tired phrases like that, I try to make myself feel better by doing cursory research on the origins. So, I used another modern-day cliche: I Googled it:

Good things come to those who wait is an English phrase extolling the virtue of patience. The related phrase, "All things come to those who wait," was used by Violet Fane in 1892. It has been used as the basis for several pieces of popular culture:
  • "Good things come to those who wait", a 1984 song by the Freestylist Nayobe.
  • "Good things come to those who wait,"  a UK advertising campaign for Guinness stout in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • "Good things come to those who wait," a US advertising campaign for Heinz ketchup in the 1980s
From Wikipedia (the lazy man - or woman's - current encyclopedia)
Sometimes, you don't have to wait long. Kinley barely got her snow boots wet on Saturday as a light dusting of snow fell in Manhattan. I'm not sure whether she was cold ... or she just wanted the hot cocoa that came afterwards.

As I was looking up the phrase, I came across a related one attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

Things may come to those who wait, 
but only the things left by those who hustle.

Kinley may have hustled inside for hot chocolate. But, she didn't leave her little sister behind. Like good sisters everywhere, Kinley let Brooke know what she was missing. Brooke's marshmallow beard shows how much she welcomed the news of a mid-morning cocoa break.
We didn't have to wait to see the girls two weekends in a row. Playing outside this past weekend was a lot different than the week before when more springlike temperatures prevailed. We didn't have to find the coats and boots then.
Instead, we had to go inside for some water after all the running - including a foot race with Grandpa. I should have taken a photo of that for posterity!