Day 1905: Can’t Wait

Yesterday, when I told  somebody at work that I might be singing a song about my therapy groups at a meeting today, she said,  “Can’t wait to hear it.”

Can’t wait to tell you the meaning of the idiom “can’t wait”:

Be very eager, anxious, or impatient, as in We can’t wait for the baseball season to begin or I can’t wait to see Dad—it’s been a year. While the literal sense of being unable to wait (for lack of time) is much older, this figurative usage dates only from about 1930. The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary.

When people say “can’t wait,” my brain sometimes can’t wait to have these thoughts:

What do you mean you can’t wait?  Of course, you can wait. And you will wait, because what you can’t wait for is NOT happening immediately.

I’ve waited a long time to express those thoughts about “can’t wait.”  I can’t wait to tell you how pleased I am that the wait is over.

I can’t wait to show you my four photos from yesterday.

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I can’t wait to tell you that

  • I work in Boston,
  • I wrote about the group exercise What I Know/What I Don’t Know here,
  • the second-to-last entry on my “What I Know” list, above, is “That I have a lot to learn,” and
  • Michael made a delicious cod dish last night.

I can’t wait to share this music with you.

I can’t wait to read comments about this post.  Wait! I will need to wait (but I know the comments will be worth the wait).

As always, I can’t wait to express my gratitude to all who helped me create this “Can’t Wait” post and — of course! — to YOU.

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23 thoughts on “Day 1905: Can’t Wait

  1. Having seen Michael’s delicious cod dish, I can’t wait for dinner tonight

  2. I was waiting last year, I was waiting last month, I was waiting last week, I was waiting yesterday, I’m waiting again tonight, I might as well keep waiting, and wait for what I’ve been waiting for……

  3. and i can’t wait to read more of your posts. yes, i can, but no.

  4. I can’t wait for the weather to turn, Ann. Really.

  5. We’re hosting a big reunion for track victim families this summer here at the lake. On the one hand I can’t wait till it’s June 23 to see them all. On the other hand it’s a ton of work and I’m not ready, so I can wait for a bit anyway.

    • I can’t wait to ask you what “track victim families” means. I await your answer and thank you for your comments, Dawn.

  6. Some days I can’t wait to write a comment here, other days it takes me a little longer. Who does that? I think I can survive anything if I accept what I know and what I don’t know, especially in the midst of March madness.

  7. I could wait just saying

  8. I can’t wait to see Harley and Oscar again, but I sure can wait to see Grumpy.

  9. It may be true that comments are affected by timing! My first thought was, “I can’t wait to go to bed!” LOL! It’s evening now and I’m a bit tired tonight, but glad I didn’t miss a chance to read your post. It challenges me to consider how often I do think “I can’t wait,” and that is certainly not living in the moment. I really enjoyed your lists. Thank you!

  10. Beautiful blog!!

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