Waiting. Waiting again. Now at Safelight Autoglass.

Safelight_autoglassThis wait was totally unexpected. The timing was freakish. An ice block from the overpass hit our windshield as we were driving under it. It delayed our trip by a whole day. Dreadful.

Aren’t all waits dreaded? The wait in the doctor’s practice, the turn of the red light, the hand of the clock to reach twelve? Waiting for summer, for your turn, waiting for what and why?

During this time of Covid, we had a lot of waiting to do. And we still haven’t learned anything. We still don’t like it and we are not good at it. Waiting takes practice. It’s a skill, It’s an art. Good waiting makes creative and happy.

Many of us (used to instant gratification at a click) couldn’t wait any longer but then we learned it again during the Covid year. Waiting to go back to school. Waiting for take out orders. Waiting in the carvalcade to get your specimen taken and then waiting for the results to come back. Wait, wait, wait a minute or an hour or a week.

The wait at the post office (even pre-Covid) was usually the deadliest for me. I always thought each PO visit would shorten my life by a day or two. So I avoided the PO. HOWEVER, I was so WRONG: actually the PO extended my life. It tricked me into appreciating my time more. The PO gave me slack time that I wasn’t aware I had in my rushed daily routines.

“Waiting for God” was a British sitcom about feisty older folks in an assisted living home. They didn’t jus want to wait around. They wanted to be players in their home court. Nobody wants to wait. Waiting seems a waste.

Waiting is good. Why? We discover our own inner world of fantasy and creativity.

Ask Jaime Carrejo. This Denver artist just now has an installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art called “Waiting.” He made up a colorfully decorated waiting room where the walls seem to come alive in floral patterns and the hanging plants randomly raise or lower themselves. I know all about the ins and outs of this exhibit because my daughter Priyanka Makin (proud mom shout out) designed and built the motorized mechanism for ten of these trailing plants. These spider plants are making a name for themselves by hanging on a thread.

The description for “Waiting” says that “Jaime Carrejo explores the relationship between confinement + duration (=waiting) by layering Southwestern symbolism, mid-century design, and objects from his domestic space.” Wherever this comes from, it is just fun to watch and live inside for a while. More often than not, the pictures on the wall of my doctor’s office have come alive too.

Here is what we learn in this exhibit: Waiting doesn’t kill time. It makes the relationship between space and duration more colorful and essential. Waiting entertains us too. We never know what might happen next. So waiting becomes the real adventure.

Jaime Carrero, WAITING, February 26-August 22, 2021

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4 Responses to The Adventure of Waiting–MCA Denver until August 22, 2021

  1. Joan Brunner says:

    Hi AnnElise, Are you OK? I love the swinging live plants. Thank you, Joan

  2. Kate Earley says:

    This wonderful essay and the wonderful art exhibit teach us how good things can be that at first glance seem frustrating (like, waiting). Thank you for the reminder which so eloquently put kept us reading until we truly “got it.” And kudos to the writer (AnnElise), the Artist (Jaime) and the art installation engineer (Priyanka) for their jobs well done!

  3. Julie Brown says:

    Hi AnnElise and Priyanka, this is beautiful and love the essay! I do not mind waiting, it gives me time to do things that I like to do like reading thoughtful essays like yours!

  4. Susie says:

    Very nice AnnElise!

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