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November 19, 2010


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In my house, we call that Filipino time. His whole family does it. It took decades, but I trained him out of it. However, we still wait for his mom, and both brothers at any opportunity they have.

Yup. Filipino time!


Donna Cummings

Maureen, you're lucky you got to train your husband out of it! LOL My training efforts were for naught. So it's good I got "writing time" out of it all. :)

Liz Fichera

LOVE the story! And I can see your boyfriend in my mind--maybe it's because I dated a guy like him long ago. But never got a lovely jewelry box out of the deal! You must do a follow-up "Where is He Now?" story--I'm intrigued. :-)

Thanks so much for joining the Blog Hop this weekend, Donna! xo

Donna Cummings

Liz, you got to date one too? LOL Makes you wish we had all that "waiting time" back, doesn't it?

I haven't had any contact with him for years, so if I did a "Where Is He Now?" story, it would be complete fiction. LOL (You KNOW I would play a different part though!)


Great story! Yes, I can relate too. Oh, all that waiting time! I could definitely write that into a story though. In fact, I think that fits my heroine of my WIP. I think. I've left her waiting to finish her story for such a long time I can't really say for sure! LOL

Donna Cummings

Melissa, your poor heroine! She could get together with a few of mine. I've started their stories and then had to set them aside for one reason or another. It's a writing triage around here. LOL Which story needs to be told first?

Eleri Stone

My husband is completely the opposite of this. It drives him crazy if he thinks he might be late!

Shirley Wells

Oh, the waiting time. At least you got a lovely gift out of it *and* you got to hone your craft. :)
I wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes with him. I have to be everywhere hours too early and that drives everyone in the family mad.

Donna Cummings

Eleri, I *try* to be on time, but I have to work hard at it. My sister once got me a license plate holder that said, "Always late, but worth the wait". LOL I just keep it to "fashionably late" tho.

Donna Cummings

Shirley, things do seem to work out the way they're supposed to, don't they? LOL I'm glad I learned how to use that waiting time in a productive fashion. I think I would go mad, though, if I had to be someplace TOO early--I'd have to bring my notepad there as well!

Rachel Firasek

Great post. He did give you the best GIFT. Patience. We so need it in this world.

Donna Cummings

I agree, Rachel -- it's a gift that we need to use on a daily basis!


Thanks for sharing... It does seem like you received several gifts from that relationship - ones that are more valuable than a jewelry box. Unfortunately, you probably didn't see them as gifts at the time!

Donna Cummings

Twimom, you're exactly right -- I didn't realize until much later what great gifts I'd been given. Isn't that always the case? LOL

Thanks for stopping by for my very first blog hop. :)


Ah, what truth -- nothing in a writer's life is every wasted. If you decide to write that "where is he now?" fiction, I think you'd have a cool story.

Thanks for being in the blog hop!

Joanna St. James

yay for exes they are always good for something.

Donna Cummings

Tina, that's part of the fun of being a writer--we can use everything around us (even if people don't want us to! LOL)

And I've enjoyed being in the blog hop--my first one!

Donna Cummings

LOL, Joanna--that's my philosophy too. :)

Talina Perkins

Ah, you are right, nothing is ever wasted in a writer's life. Thank you for sharing your story. I have really enjoyed reading all the stories on teh blog hop!

Donna Cummings

Talina, it's amazing how much info we have all around us, isn't it? :) I've enjoyed the blog hop too--all kinds of great stories I might have missed otherwise!

Mary Montague Sikes - Monti

It's hard to wait but you learned to use your time well. Is the jewelry box a positive or negative reminder of that time?


Donna Cummings

Monti, no negative reminders. :) It actually makes me chuckle when I see the jewelry box on my dresser now. I EARNED it. LOL


Your two reactions are so true. A gift? I love gifts! Hey, you can't buy me off that easy!
Thanks for sharing.

Donna Cummings

Heather, that was exactly it! LOL So I got mad, and I got a present. Can't beat that!

Nicki Elson

Haha, he gave you a gift he wasn't even aware of. Unless THAT was what he was trying to do---give you extra time to to hone your craft...you're not buying it? Nah, me neither.

Donna Cummings

LOL, Nicki -- it sounded good though! I almost went for it!

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