Procrastinate, who me? On the contrary, I’m compulsive and sometimes I act TOO soon, which I’ve learned can be just as problematic.
There was the time I got a save-the-date for the out-of-town, black-tie wedding of a friend’s son to be held on a date six months hence.
Save-the-dates don’t have reply cards or mine would have been in the mail that very day. But I immediately marked my calendar and rushed to the closet to try on my best cocktail dress, and then to check my husband’s tux.
Of course I wanted him to try it on, but it was a losing battle, “You want me to try on my tux for a wedding six months away,” he said, “are you outta your mind?”
But there was lots else for me to do – firstly of course the wedding gift to select. And as the ceremony was to be in Philadelphia we’d drive, so no plane reservations needed, but we would need a hotel for two nights. And I might see if there’d be time during the wedding weekend to see a childhood friend who now lives in Philly.
Googling the happy couple I found their requisite wedding website with their gift registry and lodging info. With a few clicks I sent the perfect gift, and with a phone call to the hotel I booked our room. Then I emailed my childhood friend and told her I’d see her in Philly in six months.
And a few days later I called the mother of the groom with my congratulations. “We’re delighted that you’re coming,” she said, “and what a surprise – your gift has come already, the very first and only one to arrive so far! You never procrastinate, do you!”
About a month later she called me back. “Sorry to tell you,” she said, “the wedding is off.”
BTW the once happy couple never returned the gift, so I assume one of them is enjoying his or her morning coffee from a rather costly espresso machine.
Dana S. Lehrman
This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!