You Can Count on Me

Hey, my little chickees, are you dependable? Why should it matter, when there are so many more important attributes? I think dependability shows respect. If someone knows you are dependable, they’ll respect you; if not, they won’t. It’s as simple as that.

Do you know someone who says he’ll do a certain thing, then doesn’t? Or someone who  promises to keep a secret, then goes and blabs it? Will you respect or trust that person again? Dependability breeds Respect and Trust.

Everyone in my family knew that my mother-in-law was NEVER on time. When she and her husband attended Masonic meetings, they’d drive separate cars because he didn’t like being late. We all knew that if you wanted Grandma to come for dinner at 6:00, you’d have to invite her for a late lunch, and she’d probably arrive on time. Or not. A wonderful person otherwise, we all loved her. There’s much said and written on the subject of being late. (Marilyn Monroe said, “I’ve been on a calendar but never on time.”)

Waiting for someone who is always late can be annoying, but what about the person who is always early? Last week I had a dinner planned for 2:00. One friend came at about 11:30. I thought, “Oh no, I’m not ready!” but being a good friend and hostess, I said, “Welcome. You can help.” She sat down and said, “Tell me what to do.”

Well, what with visiting while getting things in and out of the oven, making a salad, getting plates off the shelves, getting placemats and napkins and wishing I weren’t distracted by chatting with her as she sat nearby, I managed. But I thought, “Next time I’ll tell her to come at 3:00 when I want her at 2:00.”

The humorist P.J. O’Rourke said, “Being early is an unpardonable sin. If you are early you’ll witness the last-minute confusion and panic that always attend making anything seem effortlessly gracious. Looking in on this scene is almost as rude as asking someone where he got his face-lift.”

So, my little chickees, be punctual, as much as you’re able. Be dependable and trustworthy. Be responsible by keeping your word. Let your “Yes” be Yes, and your “No” be No, as our Master teaches us.

That’s all for now. Go back to your preening; I’ll go back to pecking my keyboard.

One thought on “You Can Count on Me

  1. Nicely written! I am an on time, early person. I worked for Lifetouch Photography, the daycare/preschool ages 6 weeks to 12 yrs old. We would have to start at 7:30am. And I went from Portland one today to Eugene the next. My days took me all over Oregon! The farthest I went was Eugene. I HATE EUGENE!! Anyway, I would get up at 3:30am and leave my house by 4:30. I would arrive, depending on where I was headed, up to an hour early. I parked in the parking lot and took a nap. My alarm would go off and I’d eat my PB&J sandwich and then go in and introduce myself, see where I was going to set up and get to work. I would photograph between 730 and 12 or 1 or 2…just depended on how many kids I photographed. My Lead Photographer was amazed at how I did my job with getting there so early. He would always tell me to sleep more so I’m not so tired when I’m driving. I asked him, “Would you rather me be early or late?” I laughed, of course, when I asked him. He laughed and said early!
    When I go to my counseling, I get there anywhere from an hour to a half hour early. I start to freak out if I think I’m going to be late. No idea where I got this from, but it stuck and stuck hard it did! 🙂
    My Aunt was like your MIL. But now that she’s married, she’s on time cause her husband hates being late! hehehehe

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