The Waiting Room

11/16/2009 01:56:00 PM Posted In , Edit This 9 Comments »
Today I had to go  have some blood drawn for a physical I'm having next month.  I went early since it was a fasting draw and I was pretty hungry.  As some of you know, I live in the country, and my entire drive (except for the last couple of miles)is on 2 lane roads to get to the lab.  As I was motoring along, I had to stop for a number of school buses while they loaded up.  I never mind doing that because I love to see the children as they wait and then march themselves into the big bus.  My favorite is when there's a parent or two to see them off.  I got to see that little exchange on my way .. the quick little hug, then the little waves as the bus drives off.  It brings back many fond memories for me.
Anyhow, I found myself directly behind 2 school buses at one point, and after the children were on the bus, both of them pulled into the left lane and drove around something which I couldn't see.  After the second one got in the other lane, I could see about 7 or 8 wild turkeys standing in my lane, right in front of my car.  Usually they stand for a moment before they continue on across the road...... not this time!  The one Tom in the group (with his tail feathers all spread out and his chest all puffed up) kept all the ladies waiting.  When I tooted my horn gently to urge them in one direction or another, the whole group just turned and faced my car, staring at me for a moment or two before Tom herded them safely across the road to the other side.  By the time I could go again, there were 11 cars patiently waiting behind me.  The funny thing is that when I came back home a couple of hours later, they were all still in the driveway of the house where I last saw them!
The clinic was crowded (as usual on a Monday AM) and I had to wait quite awhile before it was my turn.  I always have a little sketch book with me that I use almost exclusively in waiting rooms.  The only problem with it is that the paper is thin so you can see the shadow of the drawing on the back of the page peeking through.  I don't mind it, but it does sort of mess up the scans.  Oh well, c'est la vie!



9 comments:

MrsL said...

love the sketches--LOVE the story! Turkeys are such funny critters...

Alex said...

I am sorry to hear that you have to go through those discomforting tests, I hope you're alright Nancy.
You're a great observer, and you remember things around you very well. I love the way you told the story of your journey, that painted the picture in my head, and I can tell you it's beautiful.
I used to stop for a minute on my way to school at different spots different morning, just to see what's happening around me... there were so much to see, life itself = beautiful. I love routines, I love randomness, I think they make life both interesting and mundane but still unique.
You take good care of yourself, and have all the rest you need, your name is in my prayer(eventhough I am a buddhist, I hope you don't mind)

Vicki Holdwick said...

Nancy,

I have to agree with Alex, you are a really observant person and you tell it so well.

Nice to see you sketching again. They are quite nice.

xoxo

Possum Patty said...

I like the way you captured so many different people by using only a few lines for each. Great series and I enjoyed your story. Be well.

freebird said...

Hope your tests tell you everything is okay. What a story about the turkeys. I wonder if they live at that house. I haven't dared to draw the people I see places. For one, I'm afraid they won't like it and second, if they were okay with it and then saw my sketch they might not be happy then. Besides, I'm really hesitant to draw people anyhow and my foot is a lot safer topic, or the stool or ....

Gary said...

Great post Nancy. From the looks of it you are indeed back to drawing. Well done. Loved the story about the turkeys - we get them crossing the road around our house too. Did you know that they sleep in trees? One morning Ann and I were looking out the window to see a big old turkey high up in a tree - didn't know they did that!

Ann said...

Such a funny story! We get cows in the road around here sometimes. I love the drawings too. They are very expressive.

marancat said...

I enjoyed your sketches - and the story of your journey! It is so nice to hear from someone who doesn't mind waiting for others (buses, children or turkeys!). Many people are in such a hurry these days and I think they miss some lovely moments! Alex has the right idea too! (I also learned that male turkeys are called 'Toms'!)

Ramona Davidson said...

Love all the different people that you captured. Each one definitely has their own character.