Day 899: Waiting for the other ____ to drop

Rather than have you wait for the point of this post to drop, I’ll start by telling you that I hear this phrase a lot, in therapy sessions:

I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I’m pretty sure I’ve already dropped a previous post or two about the topic of

Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

If that’s true, I’ll drop some links to those posts after I drop this post on WordPress.  (Pssst! Here,  here, and here).

Here’s my main drop, for today:

People often express dread about what might be coming next, whether their current experience is particularly negative OR positive.

Waiting for other points of this post to drop?

  • Many positive things have been happening to me lately — including a successful workshop about my therapy groups, good recovery from my surgery in May, positive feedback at work, meeting up with fellow blogger Mark Bialczak last weekend — and yet, two days ago, I was waiting for some other shoe to drop,  as nervous as a cat.

  • Oscar’s not particularly nervous, but our other cat, Harley, usually is. Perhaps Harley’s waiting for another shoe to drop, on him.


  • Maybe when things go unexpectedly well OR poorly, we prepare ourselves for the unknown future by being on alert for the next whatever to drop, thinking that will help us deal with it.
  • Waiting for the next anything to drop drops us out of the present moment, in which there are lots of wonderful things dropping all around us, including …


…  kids, cones, clouds, cats, hats, peace, pizza, pups, people, watches, and — yes! — real (not imaginary) shoes.

What else have you noticed, dropping in this post?

Lately, I’ve been  waiting for other things to drop, including:

  • My 900th consecutive daily post, here at WordPress and
  • My 2000th follower, who dropped in last night.

No need to wait for the other music to drop. Here it is:

My bf Michael just dropped a couple of guesses on me before he identified “Pressure Drop” by Toots and the Maytals. He also dropped the observation that there’s a cool version of “Pressure Drop” by the Clash:

Waiting for my gratitude to drop? Many thanks to every kid, cone, cloud, cat, hat, peace sign, pizza, pup, person, watch, and shoe contributing to my dropping this post.  Also, special thanks to you — of course! — for picking things up, here and now.

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38 thoughts on “Day 899: Waiting for the other ____ to drop

  1. Some superb shots here – well composed and often humorous.

  2. Why is it that when things are humming along smoothly we tend to think it is “too good to be true” that it will last, waiting for the bad to creep in and the other shoe to drop. Pity it takes us away from fully enjoying the positive in the present. I do love that watch you are wearing and Harley’s sweet expression looking at the camera. As a fan of The Clash, thanks for the reminder of their wonderful version of Pressure Drop

    • I don’t know why we do that too-good-to-be-true thing, Lisa, but I wish we’d stop dropping that pressure on ourselves! Many thanks, as always, for dropping by.

  3. yeoldefoole

    I recall a conversation I had with my Beloved PBL, early in our relationship, and things were going so well it scared me! At one point she picked up a shie and dropped it to the flior, saying “there! it’s happened! lets move on!” I still laugh when I think of it!…

  4. All we have is now. Shoes might or might not drop.

  5. Love this post. Congrats on the numbers you dropped. Wow. Impressive.
    But especially, thanks for dropping that music. ❤️

  6. Creative. Loved it

  7. So glad things are going better. Not heard that shoe expression in ages. What did the t-shirt say?

    • The t-shirt, made by my son Aaron, says “I am economist N. Gregory Mankiw.”

      • Thanks. Maybe you could get one made for you with a quote that stands out to you?

      • I’ve done that with two t-shirts, Alex: “Left the house before I felt ready” and “The expert of my own experience.” What would you put on a t-shirt?

      • Great stuff. Hmmmm. it would be fun to go to somewhere really messy and have a t-shirt saying It was like that when I got here

  8. Congratulations on your milestones!

  9. 900 and 2000 are very special Ann. Did you see that shoe coming?
    Love this post and the photos 🙂

  10. I always enjoy dropping in here because you drop the most wonderful pictures.

  11. I love your point about how waiting keeps us from enjoying the present moment! Very fun pictures.

  12. I may drop a whisker but I just got grumpy…

  13. Nice post, Toots. I remember when that label was a sign of affection used by my grandtathers, and then it became a sign of disrepect somehow, but it was always the name of a New Yawk restaurant owner and also the leader of a hip band. I feel I can say it to you, Ann, without waiting for the you-know-what.

  14. Congrats on the posts and the visitors. I waste too much emotional time ‘waiting of the other shoe’. I am beginning to learn to catch myself at it and laugh.

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