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  • One of my pet peeves is tardiness. I don't like it when I'm late; it gives me great anxiety that I can't explain. And I don't like it when others are late. Of course there's the occasional exception: traffic jams, accidents, car problems . These things you have no control over but that's why I always factor in a "cushion of time " when I need to be somewhere. More often than not, I'm 15-20 minutes early for an appointment. But I don't mind if I have to wait! I'm as happy as a clam. My husband and I are a lot alike in this regard.

    Our son is so very different. He's the type that slides out of bed, after hitting the SNOOZE several times. he then showers leisurely and takes his time getting matter that we have to leave NOW! Or 15 minutes ago! It drives me nuts and we've had quite a few "discussions" about this topic.

    It was the last week of school before summer vacation started. My son is in High School and his schedule that week was not the regularly scheduled classes. He only had to go in for exams. But I didn't realize this until a few days before and I had an appointment set for one day that would have been really difficult to re-schedule.

    We were trying to figure out what to do since I drive him to school every day and we have 2 cars. My husband needed his car for work and I needed mine to get to my appointment.

    We came up with a brilliant plan. He would sleep over at his grandmother's house and use her car! She was actually going to an end of year event at school for her great grand-daughter and didn't need her car that day. Her daughter was going to pick her up.

    Knowing that my son is notorious for oversleeping, I have to admit to having some trepidation. His grandmother would be gone before he was to get up. I know, it's way past time he learned to wake himself up , for crying out loud! He's 2 years away from college. I should let him figure it out on his own but he couldn't chance missing his exams.

    So at 9:30 I began my "campaign". I started calling his grandmothers' phone thinking that it was a fantastic idea since he would have to get up and answer it. Well.... no answer! I tried again. Still, no answer! So I texted, "R u up? " Still no answer!! I tried calling his phone. Nothing!! So I decided to wait. What else could I honestly do? "He'll get up he's responsible", I told myself.

    I'm at my appointment, early, of I had time to stew and fret. "Ok, it's now 10AM and I haven't heard from him." Sheer panic set. "Relax!" I told myself. " I can't!!! I know him, he'll go back to sleep!"

    Finally I called the house again. NO ANSWER! I texted yet again. NO ANSWER! I was starting to really stress out. I tried his cell phone......he picked up!!!!

    "Mom, you seriously have a problem!" was his greeting. " I was in the shower. I got ALL your calls, your texts. Siri woke me up"

    "Siri?" I asked confused.

    "Siri.You know, on my phone! I told her last night to wake me up at 9:45."

    You know...... I really, really like Siri!
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