Sunday, January 5, 2014

Procrastination!! Kim Kardashian Impressions, Dante's Inferno, and Fake Fruit Platters

When you're a kid and you have 14 days off from school in a row, of COURSE you wait until the very last day or two (only because your mother nagged you on Saturday do you start then) to do your homework. After all, who wants to write a paper on the fairness of the punishments in Dante's Inferno? It doesn't even help that your mom is a former English teacher, because she makes you write the paper yourself, and she only gives you pointers like, "write down each level and the sin and punishment that goes with it to help you prep."  Of course, you scoff at her, because what does SHE know?  She's just your mom after all...

If you're a few years younger than that, and you have to prepare for a presentation you are doing with a partner (whose phone number/contact info you don't have) you can worry for 10 out of the 14 days about how you're going to complete this assignment without your partner.  Your presentation is on "something that you're good at," and you've decided that you're good at comedic impressions (which you are...) but your perfectionist nature won't let you settle on which famous people you're going to impersonate.  Dozens of ideas are discussed and rejected leaving you and your sibling at virtually the same state of doneness on the last day before vacation is over.  

Of course, don't let your mom convince you that SHE would not be in this situation if SHE was the one with homework.  SHE was secretly planning to complete the 8 fake fruit platters and 3 extra sets of bird wings and beak hats for your upcoming school play, but SHE, TOO, waited until the LAST MINUTE, stating (if only in her own mind) that she had to do the 8 or so loads of laundry first.  

But even Dad, who packs his ebay sales before they even sell and is also known as "Mr. Early-to-Every-Event" is lamenting the end of vacation.  So... is it better to live through your homework for a few leisurely days or one nose-to-the-grindstone day?

Only the procrastinator knows...

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