Back in my TV days I used to tell people the key to succeeding in the industry is adopting a, “Hurry up and wait” mentality. Meaning you need to be in place and ready to go, and then wait for something to happen. Perhaps that helped me years later when Risa and I were in and out of hospitals for treatments, tests and other ailments. The hospital setting has perfected the, “Hurry up and wait” philosophy, “I’ll be right back,” a nurse would say before returning more than an hour later. Clearly that experience was to prepare me for vacationing with two teen-aged girls. Hurry up and wait gets to a whole new level.
Last week was winter break for the schools here so the girls had no school for the week. What kicked off our southern California plan was I was supposed to be out there for two days of mandatory meetings.
Instead, I decided the time was right to change jobs (probably another blog post somewhere along the line) and no longer “had” to be in CA for meetings. But the girls were locked into going.
So, we packed our bags and headed to Kennedy Airport here in New York.
Traveling with teen-aged girls is no easy sport. Forget the non-stop need for Starbucks frappes and an unending need to wander through high-end clothing stores – you can never get them to be ready to go anywhere at the same time.
15.5 needed extra time to shower after the gym. 13.0 wanted more time to eat breakfast. Both needed three reminders to pack the last night we were there.
But they are young ladies now and I hope I treated them as such. When they were kids I would wander around the hotel room and pack for them – but I figure if they want to be treated as adults (or at least not young kids) they should act like it as well.
And I guess for me its a continuation of the art of hurry up and wait – learned long ago and perfected over the years in many settings.