While sitting in the waiting room in Internal Medicne at OHSU waiting for Shilo today, a son wheeled his Mom into the room, parking her in the empty spot next to the chair I was sitting in. We said our "Hello's", me making the assumption that she was the patient and her son was bringing her to her doctor appointment.
Soon a nurse popped out of the patient room doors and called out a name. As the son, in his 50's, got up to follow the nurse through the swinging doors, his Mom called out, "David? Do you have your list of questions?" "Yes Mom", he answered holding up a notebook.
David's Mom, probably in her 70's, now looked at me and said, "It's a Mom thing." I chuckled knowingly, since Shilo and I had just had a similar conversation when she was called back.
I then continued to read my book. My new friend, glancing over, stated, "Darn! I forgot my book today." I asked her if she would like me to find her a magazine. She just smiled and good-naturedly said, "No thank you. I'll just sit here and pout."
Very shortly, Shilo emerged from the nether-regions of the clinic, I said good-bye to my waiting room friend and we were off.
Heading to the car, I told Shilo about our conversation. She laughed and said that it sounds like a picture of us in 30 years or so.
Sometimes those short moments with strangers can add so much to our lives.
Have you made a waiting room friend lately?