Clearly, Patience Is Not One of My Virtues


One of the demons I wrestled with on my driving trip out west in January–and one of the biggest reasons for my pissy attitude at the time–was the overwhelming feeling I’d had for the previous six to eight months that it was way beyond time for me to stop being a burden on society and find something constructive to do with my time, talent, and experience (other than writing this blog–ha, ha). Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful I was able to “retire” there for a bit and do nothing more constructive than read and write to my heart’s content…go out to lunch with my friends…play golf…travel when I wanted…and…and…wait a minute, what am I bitching about? Oh, yeah. Activity dedicated to little more than self-gratification. Yeah, yeah, that. Well, believe me, it’s only fun for so long. Really. I’m not kidding.

Thankfully, those long miles alone in the car gave me the time and space I needed to properly sort my thoughts and to come to some conclusions about what my future might/could/should look like. The result: I applied to the Master of Social Work program at the University of Kansas shortly after I got home. Then I waited…and waited…and waited to find out if they’d take me. Every day since late March–when I was told letters of acceptance would start going out–I’ve gone out to the mailbox with high hopes of finding The Letter. And every day since late March, I’ve been disappointed. Walking back into the house, I’d repeatedly ponder all the possibilities for why I hadn’t yet heard from the school, comforting myself with the fact that I’d also been told that letters would continue to go out through the end of April. I’d wring my hands and wonder what I’d done wrong on the application that would cause the powers-that-be to question my suitability for the program and my qualifications to be a social worker. ARGHHHH! It was torture.

Finally, yesterday, as I walked out to the mailbox, I told myself that if The Letter wasn’t there (and it wasn’t), I was going to call the Dean of Admissions today and just ask. Put myself out of my misery. So I did. Call, that is.

See, I told you I have no patience.

Turns out none of the letters have gone out yet. The first batch, which includes mine, gets mailed tonight. More importantly though, I learned that I am, in fact, being offered a spot in the program for the fall semester. Woooo Hooooo!

So, if all goes according to plan, three years from now I’ll walk through the campanile and down the hill as a KU graduate and licensed clinical social worker; ready to start re-paying the universe for the untold blessings that I have enjoyed throughout my lifetime; ready to put my life experiences as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, community and school volunteer, neighbor, former teacher, student, business woman, reader, writer, life-long learner, instructional designer, and walking peri-menopausal hormone to good use. The relief is overwhelming. Truly.

Tom’s excited, too. Now he can tell everyone he’s dating a grad student.


4 responses to “Clearly, Patience Is Not One of My Virtues”

  1. My only question is why in God’s name would you submit yourself to further torture at the University of Kansas? 🙂 After four years at that institution I swore (Scarlett ilke) that I would never do that again…. Anyway, congrats…I don’t get it….because I think the lunch and the reading and the writing sound far superior….but whatever makes you happy honey!! 🙂

  2. You are AMAZING. So, so, so proud of you and totally thrilled. Congratulations! Treat yourself this weekend! Love you!

  3. What wonderful news, Mary! I’m *so* happy for you! And now, girl, you better get started on some serious playing — I’ve a feeling there won’t be much time for such falderal for the next three years. ;->

  4. Mary, you never cease to surprise me! That is great for you to tackle this new venture in your life! I have no doubt you will do so in nothing less than an amazing way!

    I hope your blog is still going to be part of your life… I so enjoy reading it!

    Let’s have our ‘girls’ get a date for the four of us to go out this summer to celebrate your new venture, and to catch up!

    Joy

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