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Today, I’m making candles. It’s something I do every year, usually the first week in February, (this year it was late because of a vacation – yay!). I have a really big dip pot for dipping candles, and it holds about 25 pounds of wax.
Do you have any idea how long 25 pounds of wax takes to melt?
Let me put it this way: I started it on the boil at 0800 this morning, and it’s now 1222. Still not melted. It takes until around 1400, maybe 1430. SIX HOURS.
I’m an avid craftsperson. I like to talk. When I talk with people about making stuff, one of the most common things I hear is, “Oh, I don’t have the patience for that.” This always makes me laugh.
Okay, it’s an evil laugh, like a cartoon villain. Why?
I’M NOT PATIENT! LIKE, AT ALL! I can’t even hold a secret about a gift for a friend. “N…, just so you know, I made you a present. It’s a surprise. Actually, I found this amazing yarn and it’s going to look great on you. I know you like pink, but these colors will go with what you wear and with your hair, and I just found a great fun-fur from Lion Brand for the ends.” Then my brain kicks in: WHATAREYOUDOING?? YOU IDIOT, YOU WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO TELL HER! Lamely, I say, “Um, but be surprised when it comes, okay?” Weak laugh.
Fortunately, my friends are patient. “Okay, Noony. I’ll be surprised.”
It’s less a problem of patience, I like to think, than it is one of excessive enthusiasm. I like to think that I’m a passionate person.
Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
P.S. Why do I do crafts that require patience? Honestly? Because it’s good for me. I find knitting calming, and same with candles. Yeah, it requires a six hour lead time to melt the big pot, and about 45 minutes to make each pair of dipped candles (though I typically dip 3 to 4 pairs at a time). The process of dipping is very meditative and Zen, but has a product at the end of it so it doesn’t feel like I’m “just” sitting there. Same goes with knitting. It’s not that I’m patient; I’m practicing patience.
What about you, Dear Reader? Is patience your friend or foe?
– E.E. Cummings
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