Better Late Than Never


It could be the fact that I was born 17 days past my due date, or possibly that my family was chronically late growing up, but whatever the reason, I am always late.  When my oldest son started Kindergarten I was only 25 so I chalk it up to immaturity that I was often late getting him to school. I started getting notes home about how his being 2 minutes late for school 3 days a week was affecting his education.  Really?  He missed the roll call, not his all important project on what starts with the letter “A.” This has become such a problem that now that my sons are in the 3rd and 5th grades they are missing out on perfect attendance popcorn parties even though they are there every day. It breaks my heart because I know it is my fault for not getting them up on time. They should take away MY popcorn party instead! The boys could get themselves up I suppose, but I still have to get up eventually to drive them there (Maybe I should move to South Dakota where you only have to be 14 years and 3 months old to have a license, that could really save us in the future). I told the boys that I would do better at getting them to school on time. I even promised.  J-Dog just sighed and J-Dub said, “Yeah, right, you always say that. It was your New Year’s resolution.”

I have been improving, though. Lately we’ve only been 30 seconds late on days ending in Y and only occasionally are we 10 or more minutes late. In fact today I did remarkably well considering how late I woke up. My alarm went off at 7 am and I ignored it, of course.  We have to leave at 8:15 to get to school on time and I finally woke up at 8:16.  Now you WOULD think, “Wow, this woman is going to get her kids to school sooooooo late!” But then you wouldn’t have counted on me breaking out my awesome time saving skills like: giving everybody dry cereal in baggies to eat for breakfast in the car, writing a check (who carries cash these days?) for lunch money since we obviously didn’t have time to make PB&J, and leaving the toddler girls at home with Grandma so I didn’t have to drag them with me. It surprised even me how fast we got to school. We were only 5 minutes late! Booya!

But in reality I know this is a huge issue for me.  5 minutes late is still late. My husband says that being late all the time is inconsiderate and it puts people out when they have to wait for you. I know! I know! I promise I will do way better tomorrow. I will follow my late father’s (no pun intended) advice and obey my alarm. I will learn this lesson! Eventually. Better late than never, I guess.


7 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never

  1. I usually get Bethany to school like 2 seconds before the final bell everyday. cereal in baggies is breakfast everyday. lol! I credit the reason she even makes it before the final bell is because I learned my lesson in finding out how it was affecting her. I don’t know if I ever told you, but she is on the autism spectrum. She lives by routine and schedule. If anything is off, it ruins her day and she has a lot of trouble getting past it. So the days that I was running her into the attendance office to sign her in and her having to be walked to class by the secretary after she had missed the pledge of allegiance, was ruining her whole day. It is painful forcing myself to get up with the alarm. lol. And I turn into the crazy lady when my younger kid decides she is going to buckle her own seatbelts when I know we have 8 minutes to make a 10 minute trip. All that said. I feel your pain. lol.

    p.s. Love your new blog Miss Crystal! You are a good writer.

  2. Okay, I’m going to be really honest here. This is one of the biggest reasons I LOVE homeschooling!!! If my kids had to be somewhere at a certain time in the morning, I’m pretty sure I would be just like you. I’ve been doing fairly well for a while getting myself up early and to the gym, which makes other things happen more-or-less on time throughout the day. But nobody’s popcorn party is being stolen on the days it doesn’t happen! 🙂 I feel for you!

  3. You know one of my pet-peeves is rewarding kids for perfect attendance. This is something that the kids usually have no control over and the rewarding them/punishing them seems so stupid. Tori wil have to have surgery next month. This is because of something she was born with, to which she had to control over. So why punish her for this. Why not instead reward those kids that even though they got sick 12 times they still maintained their grades and tried hard to be good responsible, obedient students. I just think that praise should be given to all kids that do the things that they are capable of and responsible for, and credit should be given where it is truly due.
    I also have to say that you are most definitely not the only one out there that is late. This is something that I work on all the time. I take it one thing at a time. I can finally say that we are rarely late for church anymore. but then there are other things that I am consistently late for.
    I love your blog. I love how real you are and I love that I get to say that I am your friend… lucky me!!!! Love you

  4. Oh I so feel you! I am a big lover of the snooze button, but it has been my downfall on may an occasion.

    I usually arive at work with seconds (i’m not kidding here) to spare. But hey, on time is on time??? Right??


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