Sitting at Wellington Hospital A&E with a feverish child in the witching hour, while other parents and their pyjama-clad children watch a late-night horror film on the waiting room TV.
That was the waiting experience I brought to The Waiting Room, Wellington artist Victoria Singh's walk-in art project at 123 Cuba St, the old Ferret Bookshop space, in Wellington.
Enter, it's free, though you might have to wait to speak to the artist. When you do, you can complete a short survey on your experience of waiting.
What is the longest time you have ever had to wait for something? Has waiting changed your life for better or worse? Are you patient or impatient?
Completed surveys are pinned to the wall. They're interesting reading. Engage the artist, as the bohemian gentleman who kept me waiting did, and you'll hear all about the layers of meaning in the stacks of Time magazines, the faded art, the knitted toys, the space itself.
If you're keen, you can talk about waiting on camera. The footage will play in the exhibit and on YouTube.
Don't wait too long, The Waiting Room runs until this Sunday 25 March.