Dear Bridget,

You’re absolutely right. Being late is rude & thoughtless & inconsiderate.

I used to be late all the time, until I took myself to task & with the help of August Birch (shout out here) started kicking that habit. I’m still battling that demon. But here’s what I tell people to do when waiting for others: use the college criteria. If the person you’re waiting for has a high school diploma, you wait for 10 minutes; a Bachelor’s degree guarantees a 15 minute wait; a Master’s gives you 20; a Ph.D is a 25 minute wait.

Me, on the other hand, while waiting for others, is a different story. I have at least one book & several journals that serve different functions, so I rather enjoy waiting & I never, ever take it personally. But that’s a personal choice.

But as for running late, my parents have raised me to know better than to have others wait on me & I am deeply ashamed when I make people wait.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.