Interstellar Adventures

October 19, 2005

Last Minute

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:12 am

I’m an admitted procrastinator. I’m really good about getting most things done right away, but sometimes there are just these projects that I will put off and put off. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I seem to gain sudden inspiration at the last minute. In college, I turned out some really good papers at 3 am.

My kids are just as bad as me. Neither one of them can seem to remember that they have a project due or a form for me to fill out until we are walking out the door to go to school. This morning, it was Elle. “Oh Mom. I’ve got something for you.” She digs in her backpack. I walk back to my bedroom to get my sweater, and she follows me. I’m standing in my closet, buttoning my sweater, and she says “We need to find a picture of me as a baby or a toddler, and a picture of me from now, and then you need to fill out this paper. It’s for a project we’re doing today.” I look at my watch. “Elle, you realize we don’t have time for this today. School starts in fifteen minutes. We’ve got to go.” “But Mom! It’s for something we’re doing today!” I apologize to her and say “I’m sorry, but you should have told me about this last night.” I take the paper from her, we walk out to the kitchen, I place the paper on the table, grab her hand, and we walk out the door. The whole time, she’s pouting and whining. I ignore her pouting and whining.

Zed has done this before too. I blame part of my problem on my mom. She was a stay-at-home mom, and if I forgot something, I could go down to the office and call her, and she could bring it right up to school. I did this on more than one occasion. My kids don’t have that luxury. I work, and even though I work close to home, I still don’t have the time to run home, find what they need, and then take it to them. I’m hoping they will realize this. I try to help them be more organized, but I think I’m fighting a losing battle. My genetics are too strong in them. Is there gene therapy for this kind of thing?

Are you a procrastinator? Has it ever really got you in trouble? What’s your worst habit?

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