Lesson in Patience


Finn has been interested in interesting-looking rocks for a while. Even as a toddler boy he would pick up interesting-looking pieces of gravel or landscape pebbles for his rock “collection.” I suggested to him recently that he may be interested in having a rock tumbler where he could place rocks into the tumbler and shine and polish and create pretty smooth stones out of some of the rough, craggy rocks he has.

We planned to look for one at Cracker Barrel this past Sunday after church. I thought I had seen them there before. I suggested we go there for lunch as well as to shop. Finn initially agreed but then he realized that if we also ate lunch there that would prolong him getting the rock tumbler home and in use — assuming Cracker Barrel even had one. He suggested we just get the rock tumbler and eat at home.

Na, na, na, na, na, I said. If we drive all the way down to Cracker Barrel, we’re eating. If you want to go home and eat we’ll do that first and then go out to Cracker Barrel later in the afternoon. He knew that if we did that he wouldn’t be able to get it out until after church that night and then would have limited time before bed. Either option he was going to have to be patient.

We went to Cracker Barrel later in the afternoon, and they had no rock tumbler.

I went to Target the next day — no rock tumbler. I called the local toy store — no rock tumbler.

So, Monday evening I ordered one online.

It will take 7-10 days for the free shipping method — I don’t like to pay for shipping so we definitely went with free. Then, I read to Finn how the rock tumbler worked. It would 3-4 weeks for the device to produce smooth stones.

This rock tumbler is turning out to be quite the lesson in patience for Finn, and for all of us really. Caden really wants to see the magical rock tumbler do it’s thing too. I thought, at first, it might be a lesson in short-term patience — having to wait from Sunday at noon til Sunday at 7 p.m. to be able to play with his new toy. But what a great lesson it is shaping up to be in a little bit longer-term patience, to wait weeks for the package to arrive and then weeks for it to do what you want.



One thought on “Lesson in Patience

  1. shaggerty says:

    Instant gratification isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When the first shiny rocks emerge from the tumbler — EXCITEMENT CITY!

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