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Deadlines and bedtimes


When I was a child, I had a certain bedtime. As I became a teenager, I was allowed to stay up later. By the time I got my driver’s license, I was told I could stay up as late as I liked so long as I got myself up and to school on time.

It seems like such a small thing – bedtime.

As a teenager, I had all the energy in the world. I could stay up late watching television or cramming for an exam. I’d still get up and get to school. On time, even.

Part of why I liked staying up later was the fact that Star Trek aired at 10 p.m. and my dad and I would watch it together. I’m still not sure if I liked the show so much or if it was just the connection to my dad that made the program worthwhile.

Now that I’m getting older, I really wouldn’t mind kindergarten naps or even bedtimes.

But, it is hard to make “bedtime,” usually around 10 or 10:30 p.m., when you have a deadline to meet with work yet to be done.

It is an awful lot like cramming for those high school exams. Of course, like those tests, the need to cram is my own fault. I put off too much and it just piled up. (Imagine that.)

So this week, instead of making my normal bedtime, I spent time working on deadline. Hopefully this issue of the paper won’t suffer for my lack of time management this past week. I promise to do better in the future because by 10:30 p.m. at my age, bedtime sounds so much better to me than deadline.

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