Two grey heads bend over an iPad at the corner table in Starbucks. It looked like one of the grey ladies was teaching the other how to use her device. The learner was intense and jittery ā€“ afraid she’d made a mistake. The teacher was calm and patient. The teacher sipped her coffee and waited while the learner struggled to make connections, remember, find her way. It made me miss the patient teaching of my mother, who never mentioned mistakes, only successes.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “it grows on you.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “Patience”

  1. It’s a sign of the times. Marketing is everywhere. Marketing is clever, designed as it is, to become a fixture in our auditory or visual memories. For instance, when I saw the phrase “it grows on you” my first thought went to a daily TV ad on fungus medication that is repeated often during a peak viewing time. The audience isn’t told toenail fungus grows on you. Instead we’re shown this to be the case and so we tend to hide our feet in any kind of public situation. With the advertised medication the problem goes away and so we’re OK with baring our feet again. No matter what, though, “it grows on you” is an evolutionary phrase. There is no way it can be understood in static, unmoving fashion. For that reason I really, really like it. It grows on me! .

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