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Saturday, January 14, 2006

I'm Late, I'm Late

Here it is January 14th, and the day is way more than half over. The 14th of each month is my blog date. I'm not going to miss posting a blog today, but I would have to say I'M LATE.

I got to thinking about my very bad habit of being late. It definitely annoys my husband. And I've tried over thirty years of marriage to be more punctual, but it hasn't happened. Could lateness be genetic? I have three brothers who all tend to run late. I've analyzed the situation in order to come up with a reason why I tend to be late.

I was never late for school or work. My lateness tends toward social occasions or group meetings such as church, organization meetings or doctor's appointments. The one thing I recognized in all different situations is that I hate to waste time. I want every minute to count for something. I don't like getting someplace early just to sit around. So while I'm getting ready to go to an event or appointment, I'm trying to get as much done as possible before I leave. I'll try to cram in exercise and a shower, fold a load of laundry, wash one more dish, dust a piece of furniture or read e-mail in the time I've allotted for getting ready. Doing that one more thing often results in my being late because inevitably something happens that I didn't count on. Since I had built in no extra time for this unforseen occurrence, I am late again.

Before I started to write this blog I Googled "I'm Late, I'm Late." Of course, I found the lyrics to the song from Alice in Wonderland. (I often sing that.) Interestingly, I found two other blogs about people being late, even CEO's. I could nod my head in agreement with many things they said. I could even identify with their reasons for being late. One person ponders why people are hung up on being punctual. Maybe the punctual people could answer that one.

In conclusion, I'll fall back on a cliche. "Better late than never."

Merrillee, who was NOT late turning in the completed manuscript for my December 2006 book, LOVE WALKED IN


At 5:33 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

I HATE being late to anything, so I often get places early. That's why I carry a book I'm reading with me or some manuscript I'm editing, something I can spend a few minutes working on in the car once I reach my destination.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

I'm with Trish. I hate being late. Sometimes I am too early, even though I'm on time, if that makes sense. I get to the party/dinner/gathering at the appointed time and everyone ELSE is late. Sigh.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

Stressing out over being late (and I DO stress!) makes me crazy, so I'm usually early for everything. My favorite places to be early are doctors' offices and hair appointments--I love browsing through all those magazines. Like Trish, I carry a book with me and enjoy some quiet reading time while I relax because I made it on time.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Are there no other chronically late noodlers besides me?? The book thing works for the doctor's office where you wait whether you are on time or not. But I don't think that works for a dinner party. I bet all of you have neat writing spaces, too. LOL

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

Me, Merrillee,
I'm often late, too. (But, I confess, my lateness is never due to dusting furniture!)I'm often late to things like my critique group meetings and things like that. I used to be late for work a lot. And (gasp)I'm late turning in my (next)Christmas novella! It was due yesterday.


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