EDITOR'S NOTE: Former Los Angeles Times staff writer Patrice Apodaca, a Newport Beach resident, has agreed to write a weekly column for the Daily Pilot. Her column will appear on Saturdays.
This past holiday season provided me a few excruciating exercises in waiting.
I waited for my son to make it home for Christmas. A UCLA student who had been studying for a semester in Rome, he became stranded in London when bad weather resulted in a near shutdown of Heathrow Airport.
I waited for my dog's bowels to move after a mysterious solid object became lodged in his digestive track. As I studied the X-ray at the vet's office, I silently prayed to Father Christmas that it wasn't baby Jesus from our miniature nativity display stuck in my pooch's gut.
Now we're in the season of new beginnings and I find myself waiting again. I am waiting to see if there is any fallout on Newport-Mesa Unified School District from Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard's legal problems.