Today is the first week of Advent and I’ve been thinking about waiting. Waiting for Christmas. And how appropriate waiting and — is this year and deferred gratification. We’ve been waiting, we all have been waiting and waiting and waiting for freedom, freedom from fear, freedom to move, freedom to see our friends. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about waiting. Yesterday I got my tooth pulled. Now, I need to wait with these annoying stitches to heal, hopefully in a week. Hey, I’m an expert at waiting, I can do this. And then I have to wait like an expectant mother, for nine months for total healing of this tooth and the replacement implant to be finally in place. I wonder if I’d be free to see my friends with my new tooth.