We were looking for a restaurant to have supper one cold and windy night here in Praia da Luz, Portugal where we have rented a house for six weeks. I was hungry and freezing but Dave insisted on touring around our whole area, stopping at every restaurant to read through the menus posted outside. He just couldn’t decide where to eat. I finally lost my patience and shouted over the wind that he needed to just pick a place for goodness sake. He retorted that he had only been trying to kill time so we could have dinner at exactly 7:00 as we’d discussed at home and then he added………. “and you should be patient because I certainly didn’t get upset when you were lollygagging on our hike this afternoon.”
I had never heard Dave use the word lollygagging before. Perhaps he’d heard it in conversations between the many British residents in the area, but he was right. I had lollygagged on our hike that afternoon. I had stopped to take photos……. of flowersand plants and trees and the ocean and the cliffs and our path and interesting graffiti and Praia da Luz in the distance. At one point I had been lollygagging so much I lost Dave as he entered a gully. and because of that I headed off in the wrong direction and had to backtrack when I finally spotted him climbing up a steep hill.
It started me thinking that having patience with your partner’s lollygagging is important if you want a relationship to be successful because I suspect often couples don’t share common lollygagging tendencies. On hikes Dave focuses on getting to our destination. I lollygag because I’m focusing more on our surroundings.
When we go out to dinner Dave lollygags because he focuses on looking at all the choices and enjoys the whole process of picking the perfect spot to eat. I focus on the food and having a meal. I tend to lollygag in book stores and jewelry stores and Dave in sports stores and clothing stores. I lollygag more in art galleries and Dave more in history museums and zoos.
I think over the many years we’ve been traveling together we’ve become more patient with each other’s lollygagging. But every once in a while we snap. What lollygagging differences do other couples have to work on I wonder?