Sockpants and Super Heroes: Procrastination
Procrastination. By far my worst personality trait while oddly enough being my ultimate super power. Dabbling in the arts of procrastination began for me in the late 90’s while I attended EWU. It was the perfect environment to test how far I could push the envelope of enjoying my social life to the maximum extent possible while fine tuning how far I could push my professors yet staying in their good graces so that I could graduate and become a productive member of society.
The art of procrastination has also served me well in motherhood. I have mastered putting off science fair projects to the very last minute and still help my son pull the project together on the morning of the fair to earn a second place ribbon. I have also been known to handle my holiday shopping at midnight on Christmas Eve. My kids will never know how close they’ve come to waking on Christmas morning to find their gifts wrapped in Target shopping bags. Professionally, I procrastinate as well. Some of my best proposals and submissions have been electronically uploaded with as little as 9 minutes left on the deadline clock.
My propensity to procrastinate also extends to chores around my house. Laborious tasks like fixing a sprinkler head gets put off until I notice my grass is brown. Cutting the grass gets postponed until I have time to fix the broken sprinkler head, and cleaning the rain gutters get delayed until I notice foliage sprouting at the edge of my roof line.
For whatever reason I woke up the morning of the 4th of July feeling exceptionally energized. Donning my trendy Wonder Woman tank, I decided that the long list of procrastinated home ownership chores was long overdue. As I drug the 24-foot extension ladder out of storage and headed for the roof line, my 13-year old son asks, “Are you sure this is a good idea? I’m not questioning you, Mom. I’m just kinda questioning your judgment.” I’m pretty sure the lecture that ensued thereafter had something to do with a woman being just as capable as a man and “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
Aside from being a little hot, I climbed off the roof feeling a strong sense of accomplishment with freshly cleaned gutters. As I drug the ladder back toward its storage location, I noticed one of the vent cover flaps on the side of the house was broken. Having the ladder still in hand, I decided to spit on procrastination once again and tackle that task too. The slope of the ground along the side of the house caused me some trouble. Not letting it deter me, I tossed a rock under the ladder leg that was suspended in mid-air and began my climb. I made it to the top of the ladder without any issue. Where I erred was miscalculating physics once I got to the top. As I reached out to remove the broken vent cover, the ladder shifted, and before I knew what happened I was laying on the ground doing a mental assessment of the damage I inflicted to my body.
The irony of wearing my favorite Wonder Woman shirt was not lost on me that sunny day in July. Nor was it lost on me that my children did not procrastinate in calling for help when I was unable to stand or walk after the fall. I did find it highly amusing, however, that several days after my fall I received an email from an attorney friend who was interested in meeting with ISAAC Foundation families about special needs estate planning. I took it as a strong sign from above that I was not to procrastinate any longer with protecting my children in the event of a future catastrophe.
While I can’t say that I have given up my artful ways of procrastination in day-to-day life, I can advise that with the help of some liquid courage, I have officially pulled the trigger on a family estate plan that will protect my kids long into the future should I again choose to emulate my favorite super heroine. Like with so many daunting tasks that I put off for another day, it wasn’t nearly as tedious as my mind made it out to be. I’m not gonna lie, I feel pretty adult at the moment and ready to take on my next ‘feet solidly planted on the ground’ adventure of sockpants and super heroes.