Posted by: malia | February 21, 2013

friday 5: hurried


When did you last find yourself in a real hurry?
just a little while ago. i had my phone off because it went off earlier, and i knew we were having visitors, so i rushed to turn it off so it wouldn’t go off when they were here. but i forgot to turn it back on, and missed a call from my son saying he wasn’t feeling well and needed to be picked up. i had been planning to pick him up anyway because of the rain, but i got into a long phone conference with a resistant parent, so i didn’t get to leave until later, and as i was leaving, i checked my phone and saw that i missed his call, some 30 minutes earlier! so i rushed home as quickly as i lawfully could to be able to pick him up.

Often, when we’re in a hurry, we make stupid mistakes. What’s an example from your life that supports this, and what do you do to prevent such things from happening again?
i point this out to my kids all the time–they rush because they want to play afterwards, but they end up making all sorts of mistakes on their work, and they just have to do it again. you’d think they learn from that. as for me, i get super distracted when i’m in a hurry so i don’t pay attention to details and let things go by that i normally wouldn’t. i don’t know how i would prevent that but to tell myself stop and take a deep breath and calm down. but if i do that, i can’t hurry, can i?

Why are some people so loud in places where quieter voices are usually appropriate, such as this cafe that’s closing in a couple of minutes, where these high-schoolers are being so loud it’s difficult for me to write these questions?
i don’t know.

How’s 2013 treating you so far?
all right, i guess.

Are you more of a December person or a January person? What does this mean, anyway, and why are you whatever you are?
i guess i’m more a january person in that i get excited at new things, new beginnings, new life. i don’t like it when things are starting to end; it make me sad, and i start to get morbid.

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