Let’s break it down. Just. A. Minute. What exactly does that mean?
It means when I have five bags of groceries in my hands, plus my purse, my coffee tumbler, and my keys dangling on my pinky finger holding on for dear life and you ask me to grab your iPad and your Pokémon cards, oh, AND your DanTDM book… JUST A MINUTE!
It means when I’m stirring the pot of boiling noodles, browning the meat, pulling out the strainer, eyeing the garlic bread in the oven so it doesn’t burn (it happens to the best of us!), prepping the salad and you ask me to come and find the latest episode of The Thundermans on Nickelodeon and bring you a juice box plus those little vanilla crème stuffed cookies you like to snack on… JUST A MINUTE!
It means when I’m folding laundry, loading the washer, unloading the dryer, searching the house up and down for extra hangers (I never know where they disappear to!), ripping the gum that you left wadded in your pocket that’s been washed and dried and now permanently etched into your shorts and you yell from the restroom to bring you some toilet paper… JUST A MINUTE!
Now, when I say just a minute, it literally doesn’t mean please give me a minute, aka 60 seconds. Oh, no. Just a minute can take many forms – 5 minutes, 20 minutes, a half hour, and sometimes when I’m really wound up… an hour plus!
For some reason, my seven-year old believes just a minute means exactly that. A minute. A full 60 seconds. A sixtieth of an hour. Not only does he believe this, BUT he even goes the extra mile (at least for me), as if I didn’t already know what a minute is.
Welcome to, yep, The Countdown!
60, 59, 58, 57, 56, 54, 53, 52, 51, 50, 49, 48, 47, 46, 45, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40, 39…
And every single time, this countdown is louder and more commanding than the last. And as if that’s not enough, during each presentation he stares into the depths of my soul letting me know that with each scaled down number, we’re getting closer and closer to the end. Hah!
Next time, I’ll ask him to give me 3,600 seconds! At least that will buy me some time.