In response to The Daily Post: Tardy.
Of course there are situations where being late is inevitable. I am not talking about getting stuck in traffic, feeling sick or family emergencies. I am also capable of waiting patiently in my doctor’s waiting room because other patients need to be seen urgently, or at the checkout line because the cashier just started her job and needs more time. These things happen. Period.
Since I stopped working, some people treat me as my time is less valuable than their time. Of course I let my friend or family member chose time and place of our meeting. I have more time on my hands now, after all. And I want the other person to enjoy our date as much as possible. I try to be as flexible as I can.
But what I do not tolerate is being tardy without reason. Please don’t make me wait, because you think I have nothing better to do with my life than waiting for you. I may have more time, but I also have other appointments. Leaving my home to meet you is not as easy as it used to be. I have to use a walker now, I will need more time to reach our meeting point. And as much as I am looking forward to having fun with you, it is more exhausting than it used to be. I want to make the most of our meeting, too, I don’t want to waste my energy on waiting.
And by the way, my time is as precious as anyone else’s time. Because it is my time, and it is limited. And I do not want to spend it waiting, because somebody else decides this is how I have to spend it. So please don’t waste my time, I promise I won’t waste yours!