Friday, June 11, 2010

Better Late Than Never?

By Heather

My daughter’s high school band lives by this motto:

To be early is to be on time.

To be on time is to be late.

To be late is to be left behind.

It’s a motto I can relate to—somewhat. I really hate being late. For anything. Yet having said that, I’m not exactly the most punctual person. I try, I really do, but my success rate at arriving anywhere on time is around 50% or so. It is truly rare for me to be later than 10 minutes. Rare to the point of something Must Have Gone Horribly Wrong for me to be that late.

Now I’m not sure if the high school band has ever actually left anyone behind (they have a lot of bus trips), but I don’t think I ever have to worry about my daughter needing to find her own ride home—she’s fully adopted the “to be early is to be on time” part of that maxim. Thank goodness—because I might be late to pick her up.

Are you punctual? Always late?

~Heather

PS: Now I have Timon and Pumba from Lion King in my head:

Hakuna Matata?
Yeah. It's our motto!
What's a motto?
Nothing. What's a-motto with you?

20 comments:

signlady217 said...

Way too early for these deep questions!

Have a good one!

Dru said...

I'm punctual to a fault, arriving between 15-30 minutes before any appointments.

LOL at the Lion King joke..now the song is playing in my head. Hmm, now I want to see the movies again.

Have a good weekend.

tonya kappes said...

I try to be on time. I am at least 75% of the time. If I'm not, it's usually b/c of someone with me or MY KIDS!
My moto/mantra: Thoughts become things, choose the good ones!

Andrea C. said...

I personally am always on time - I HATE being late with a passion. I actually start to have major anxiety if I am a few minutes late to something.At the same time, I never want to be the first one to a function - I often end up driving around the neighborhood killing time! LOL
Having said all this, my husband is always late, thus making me late - which is a problem! I have started to tell him times a half hour to hour earlier than I really need him so then he is actually reading on time! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm usually the person sitting in the meeting room thirty minutes before it starts with a stack of work and a novel. I can't stand being late for anything because it just feels like I'm being rude and I know that whatever I'm doing, I can usually do it in the place I'm meant to be later.

Dru said...

Andrea C, I do that too. If I get there too early, I walk around the block.

Heather Webber said...

LOL, I've been known to drive around a block or two when I'm too early. And of course, I always have a book handy just in case.

Valerie Consoer said...

Andrea, you and I could be sisters! hehe... I hate being late with a fiery passion. My parents divorced when I was very young and whenever I was supposed to spend a weekend with my dad, he'd always be late picking me up. It bugged my mom extremely and I learned to have it bug me as well. Whenever someone is late, I think of my father. Therefore, I show up early to everything whether it be 15-20 mins. It's a running joke in our family that my dad is late for everything or else he forgets completely!
Heather, thank you for getting that song stuck in my head! I hate earworms! If you don't know what an earworm is, look it up in your Funk and Wagnal! hehehe...

Leann Sweeney said...

I am always early, too. That stint in Catholic nursing school taught me that you are DEFINITELY left behind if you are late. And then you are in even bigger trouble. (And I wasn't the one left behind, btw!)

Rural View said...

I'm an earlybird too so I spend half my life waiting for everyone else. My problem is my husband who is extremely slow due to Parkinson's but who refuses to believe he needs to get going earlier. I nag, he grins, and we still get there on time, but meanwhile I'm a wreck. Patience, Barbara, patience. :-)

Helen Kiker said...

I must confess that I have been guilty of being late & in a couple instances have barely missed being left behind on a bus tour. Once the bus was pulling away when one of the passengers saw me running down the block.

Debra said...

I am pretty much always on time,but when my family is supposed to visit relatives out of town we are always late. It is as they say, like herding cats. So I started using Andrea C's trick of lying about the time we are expected.

Christina Auret said...

I hate being late. Unfortunately I work in a environment were a lot of my colleagues operate on Africa time. Meetings starting 10 to 15 minutes late is the rule not the exception.
This in itself is not a problem. I don't mind waiting. What I do mind is the fact that I am starting to pick up the habit. It's driving me nuts. I am seriously considering setting my watch forward.

Heather said...

I am always on time or even a few minutes early. I hate being late, and the later people are the more irritated I become. I've had plans completely ruined or even cancelled because someone arrived much later than arranged. My dad was so bad we always had to tell him an event started at least a half hour earlier than it did if we wanted to be on time.

Shel said...

I'm the same as Dru. I'm habitually 20 minutes early for everything. I always have a book with me, either on my BlackBerry, or if I have my reader with me, or even the stash of paper books I keep in the car.

Lover of Books said...

I like to be early as well. Or at least on time. I hate being late. My co workers are always like what are you doing here? And I typically am only 20 minutes early. But have been known to be an hour or so early. Why? Cause hubby had to be somewhere else or schedule conflicts or something. So I bring a book with me. :)

Krista

Lori Mager said...

I am usually early for everything...thats why i hate going anywhere with my husband, he is always late and it drives me crazy!!!

Heather Webber said...

And yep, I'm guilty of also telling certain people an earlier time to make sure they're on time. Of course that sometimes backfires when they're actually on time--which is then way too early! LOL.

Jan said...

Oh, it really depends. Mostly I'm on time. Early, if it's really important. And I do have one of those relatives that operates 2 to 3 hours behind the rest of us. We tell him noon to get him there by 3pm. *sigh*

Lindy said...

My motto is "They don't call me the late Mrs. Hargenrader because I'm dead." I don't want to be late, but when I am it is normally because I had my nose stuck in a book (so see ladies, it's YOUR fault!)