Sometime I wonder if I will have patience for children. Using my "current children" as an example I sometimes get mighty frustrated with my dogs at times. I never express this physically... ever... but I sometimes lack the patience that is important in dog/human relationships.
Now, before you fly off the handle in my comparing kids to dogs (I feel that my relationship with my future kids [none planned or expected yet] would be more profound and emotional than with my dogs) I have another example with actual kids:
My neighbors have a 4 year old and a 1 year old. They are really good kids, but like all kids they act out at times. One time when we were having Sunday dinner with everybody in the other nieghbor's driveway Yes, we do this... The 4 year old was being a picky eater and flat out ignoring her dad while wandering around. I could tell she was ignoring her dad on purpose and this got me really annoyed and frustrated and this wasn't even my kid or my responsibility. I kept thinking that I would not tolerate this at all and would probably get angry with the child for doing this.* Later that night, another kid got hurt and was crying really loudly. Now I know that kids do this when hurt (heck, even I cry sometimes when hurt-I'll admit it) but I was just thinking that "Oh man, this sucks to deal with... I never want to do this..."
So is pateince learned, earned or instilled with your own children? I still would like kids eventually, but sometimes I wonder what kind of dad I would be.
*- Maybe I have some issues... who knows?