Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Black Suits

Real work lies in knowing how to wait.
                               Jean Rostand


There he stood, in a glistening black suit. The sun was shining and he just stood there at the entrance. I sat and watched him for about half an hour and neither of us moved. Patiently, he stood near the entrance that he had just walked through. It was apparent to me that he was in wait for someone.


My first impression was that he was the compulsive early type. You know the kind? That person, who will be in some cases an hour early. I know this because I happen to be one of those people. I would rather be an hour early, than one minute late. This fellow may have to stand out there facing that entrance, in the sweltering hot sun which made his coat glisten, for a very long time.


Downtown Toronto has many views. I know this because I have happily spent hours there in wait. My compulsive early self usually can be seen perched on a bench, hopefully in the sun. With a pen and paper in hand where I will watch people dressed in black suits or other work attire rush by. I have also observed many who stand in wait. Dressed in their black suits, they fiddle with their cell phones. Their compulsive early self will stand to wait, and to wonder why everyone is not as prompt as they are.

It makes no difference to me if the person I am waiting for is not even out of bed, or depending on the time of day, still at work. I will still be there waiting. Long ago I naively believed that everyone was like me. Believed, that everyone was a compulsive early person. This is so far from the reality of life.

I have waited for hours for people who think that leaving their houses on the time they had agreed to meet, to be a very acceptable practice. Travel time apparently does not count in their heads. This type of person still kind of freaks me out, when I have to wait for them. All those things that run through my head are exhausting. To think of the reason for their lateness is very unnerving, in my head.


My black suited statue still stood there, at the entrance. He shifted slightly, and I could see there was no briefcase. Why would there be? This was not downtown Toronto. This was the field behind my house back on the farm.

The tom turkey with the glistening black suit appeared to run over to shake hands with another black suited fellow who walked through the gate. The sun bounced off his suit and made it glisten too. They both stood and chatted while they waited for yet another not compulsive early person. Possibly, he left his place at the agreed upon time to meet.



Two more dark-suited turkeys walked through the gate. After the greetings, they all walked together and headed to the office, no doubt to be repeated the next day.


The imagination is a wonderful thing, and it seems to me that there is not that much difference between the two worlds that I find myself in at times. There are black suits everywhere. Everyone has a job to do no matter what they wear or where they live. Those who are late will always be late and those like me will always be in wait.

Joining my good friend Theresa for Good Fences. Check it out.


Later

30 comments:

  1. So....birds of a feather???? You see them on many street corners in our fair city....birds of a feather swarming in and out of office buildings, getting on and off buses...and now, playing Poki Mon Go. Do your turkeys carry cel phones lol?

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  2. I too am early. Always. Compulsively so.
    Love the journeys your mind takes us on. Thank you.

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  3. wish i could have met your black-suited fellow. :)

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  4. Glad to see you are still writing.....Good for you!

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  5. Good topic. I'm one of those compulsively early people. My wife leaves for church when church has started. That just drives me up the wall.

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  6. I'm an early person too, I really hate to be late and keep people waiting. I've often caught buses at way-too-early o'clock, just to be sure I don't miss the connecting bus that will get me somewhere else on time, by which I mean up to a half-hour early.

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  7. Hello, I always arrive early. My hubby is the opposite. I love the black suit turkeys. Great post and photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  8. Hello Buttons!:) I'm an early bird, as our dog Mel wakes me up at 5.30 every morning. I like to arrive early at any venue though, as I hate to keep anyone waiting. The only black clad people I see around here are usually on their way to a funeral.:( Nice fence shot with the turkeys.:)

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  9. I like your thought processing. People who observe are never bored.

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  10. LOL... OH B!!!! Such a wonderful story and I too am one that hates being late to the point I am ALWAYS early! I am trying to catch up with all my Blogger friends and am going to do my best to get back to daily posting.

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  11. I hate to be too early, but I am seldom late either. I tend to arrive real close to the agreed upon time. My DH is like you, Buttons, compulsively early.

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  12. I like to be early but not a whole hour early. Fifteen minutes early is good enough for me. My neighbor has put turkeys in their lamb pasture this year and a few chickens joined them. They are fun to watch as I drive by.

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  13. GAAAAA! My partner is one of those compulsively early folks. He gets to his appointed place EARLY, then if the person he is supposed to meet does not arrive bang on the minute, HE LEAVES! Being that he is a repair man, he finds lots of messages on the business phone when he returns to the shop. I wish he would lighten up for the sake of his business.
    Lots of young turkey families around here again!

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  14. I would rather be early than late also. I watch and imagine too. Imagination is a wonderful thing--wish more people had it. My Mother always said I had too much imagination---but I think not.
    There are Turkeys on Cheri's ranch and they are fun to watch. Always an agenda.
    MB

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  15. Ah...you got me! I should have known you were going another direction with your story than I thought! :) :)

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  16. Great to know that I am not the only person who values early arrival. People who consistently arrive late seem to be able to get to trains and airplanes on time so why not to meet with me????

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  17. I enjoyed this too...especially those wild turkeys!

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  18. Ha, loved this one. You had me for awhile!

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  19. This was a fun read. I also like to be punctual, a little early if I can.

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  20. love that fence behind the turkeys.

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  21. i am always early or on time, because the hubs is that way also!!! your writings are really impressive, you tell a great story b!!

    i like the "dark suited turkeys", what a great description!!!

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  22. You have a great talent for writing! - This was very fun to read. I've always been an "on-time" type of person. I hate to be late for anything. - How fun to see those turkeys (I had turkeys in my post too) in their dark suits.

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  23. Interesting contrast between the two worlds! I think I am coming back...

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  24. Your head is an interesting place!! This was great. I am one of those compulsive early people too!

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  25. You did it again❣Thank you for sharing your gift of excellent writing❣And I absolutely HATE those who show up late, so I am always way too early. I imagine that is also unnerving😉Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  26. Late, early . . . comes up often.
    I try to be, "on time" . . .
    Although I have been known to be a minute or so late . . .
    And also . . . been known to be way to early . . .
    On Time, is my goal!

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  27. Hello my dear friend...hope you are all ok..
    Hugs M xox

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