има време. That is Macedonian for “There’s time,” and it is a guiding philosophy in this country. My children and my spouse can tell you that I can be absolutely obsessive about time. If I say ten o’clock, I probably really mean 9.45. Late is something I just don’t do. I plan months in advance and I book my calendars. During PST in one of our cultural sessions we had a discussion about time. We created an imaginary continuum and placed ourselves on it according to how we feel about the issue. I was up against the wall. Time rules my world! I’m not a Qué será, será kind of girl. It simply does not work for me!
That being said, waiting to find out when I will receive my steroid shots has been excruciating. A week ago Friday, it was “Next week”. Next week arrived and Dr. Mimi called me to let me know it would be either Wednesday or Friday. Well, Wednesday came and went without a call. Guess it will be Friday. Hmmm–morning or afternoon? Thursday afternoon I could take it no longer, so I called Medical and was told they would call me sometime on Friday morning to give me a time. (I think, Uhmmmmm, you do realize that my bus only runs once an hour and sometimes there is a two hour gap between buses. But okay, I’ll trust that you will give me plenty of notice.) Relax, Eileen. This will be fine. You will get the call and go get the shots and relief.
Friday morning. My phone rings in the middle of class. (Yes, we keep our phones in class with us). The call I’ve been waiting for! “Eileen, Dr. Mimi here. ” She proceeds to tell me that I won’t be able to get my shots as the doctor is in surgery! (Surely I’m more important than some surgical case!) Aaarrrggghhh! However, this time she has a specific time for me. Monday morning at 9.30! She and I have had this discussion of what a hard time I’m having adapting to има време. So she knows how much I appreciate having a specific time. So now I know–I have to catch the 7.30 bus (it doesn’t get to Arnaqi until 7.50) to be there on time. (which for me means at least 15 minutes early!) Even if the doctor is late, I will know that I have held up my part of the bargain and I was there on time. Now I just need to know what time I will be done so I can figure out which bus I need to catch home–guess it will be the next one–whenever that is!