There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those that rise in the morning, get washed up, dressed, sit down to a nutritious breakfast, and rush off to meet the day. Then there are those for whom the mere task of pulling back the bed covers is a Herculean effort and opening their eyes is a process that takes longer than boiling an egg.
Dad: "Get up."
Olympia (Age 14): "O.K."
Dad: "Why aren't you up?"
Olympia: "I am up."
Dad: "Laying in bed with your eyes closed does not say up to me."
Olympia: "Where's Mom? Why are you here?"
Dad: "I let your mother sleep late. Get up."
Dad: "Why are you taking half the blankets with you? There is nothing having to do with getting out the door that takes place in the living room. Are you seriously going to sit here and turn on the TV? Get up and get dressed".
Olympia: "I will. In another four minutes. I have a system. I'm never late."
Dad: "That's because we're always yelling at you to hurry up, your brother packs your lunch for you, your mother finds your jacket and shoes, you eat a granola bar on the bus and I get text messages from your mother about how insane you make her."
Olympia: "A good system gets everyone involved. My system works perfectly. Now can you move out of the way, my shows on for the next three minutes."
- ▼ December (16)