“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry S Truman
I just finished up a doctor’s appointment. Afterwards, I had requested information from the receptionist. She went to the back to check with another doctor regarding administrative stuff. I patiently sat and waited. It had been about 5 minutes and a middle-aged man entered the front door. We were waiting another couple minutes and I could sense his anxiousness. He was fidgety and pacing.
He asked, to no one in particular, “Is there anyone here to check me in?”
I said, “She’s in the back looking for an answer to my question.”
He audibly mumbled “Mmhhm”.
Literally, 10 seconds later, he said, “Do you know where she is?”
(I wanted to say, “She left for lunch and she wanted me to let you know that since you were late for your appointment you will need to reschedule”).
However, in the same voice and with the exact same words; I said, “She’s in the back looking for an answer to my question”. Except this time, I looked at him and made sure he heard me!