You remember the Heinz ketchup commercial with lyrics from Carly Simon’s “Anticipation” playing in the background:
We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway, yay
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasin’ after some finer day
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’
Ever-so-slowly the ketchup would reach the mouth of the bottle, but it was well worth the wait…
Different than dread, anticipation is expecting something positive—something good—and preparing for it. For example, the anticipation of a vacation is half the fun!
Our little Claire is a 14-year-old Westie. Like clockwork, she gets fed 1/4-cup, four times each day. About an hour before each meal, she goes to the landing at the top of the basement stairs and stares down the steep steps. She knows that’s where her food bowl will ascend.
While waiting, her little grip-sized tail is taut—like a reverse exclamation point. When either Len or I climb the stairs with food bowl in hand, that tail is upright and full-speed-ahead—like a lone, turbo-boosted windshield wiper!
What are you looking forward to with great anticipation?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan
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