I Was Raised by an Egg Timer.
I’ve been asked before that if I could write a book on my life what would it be titled. Simple. I was raised by an egg timer.
It really explains so much about my personality when you think about it. I am a born strategist. Born of necessity because of critical time management skills learned so young… I am painfully punctual. These two personality traits are deeply rooted in my childhood thanks to my mother.
To say that I am lazy is an understatement. I know it, I accept it, but you may not realize this about me. Bill Gates said this…..
Well, the internet says that Bill Gates said this…. Who knows?
My sainted mother had the hardest time getting me to do anything in a timely manner, so she devised a plan that would forever change me. She bought an egg timer. Now this egg timer began to rule my life with an iron clock. I had so many minutes to get out of bed, or when that egg timer went off she was coming in to dump ice water on my head.
I had so many minutes to finish drinking my water, or I would lose a privilege. (Note: I hated water as a child and still do as an adult. I also suffered from kidney issues because of this. The doctor wanted me to drink 6 to 8- 8 ounce glasses of water a day, and it was only upon threat of the egg timer that I would do so).
You name it and she clocked me. Eating dinner, cleaning my room, doing the dishes….. I hated that thing. Gives me heart palpitations just thinking about it, but it worked. Well, I say it worked because I strategize everything. I also am never late. Invite me somewhere and find out. 🙂 I will be the one calling to find out where you are, you only have 5 minutes left……
God bless Momma for her alternative child rearing decision. I very rarely failed to complete my tasks on time, always wondered about the “or else” if I didn’t beat the clock, but I still do not drink my water.