Slice of life: Time takes on new meaning

By Helena Rodriguez

Ten minutes late used to be considered fashionably late. Now it seems like that is being on time to some people.

If 10 minutes late is on time, does that mean being punctual is actually being early?

And if being 10 minutes tardy is being punctual, then when are you tardy?

As an English instructor, I decide when someone is tardy in my class, as in not being there when I call roll. In my family, however, it’s a different story.

If I ’m there and no one else is, then I’m early. But if everyone else is there and I’m not, I’m late.

But if I call and say I’ll be there in 20 minutes, does that mean I’m really on time?

In my family, the answer is yes, as long as they’re not waiting on me in order to pray before digging into dad’s famous brisket or waiting on me on Christmas eve to open gifts. That’s when minutes seem like hours.

With our advanced technology and time-saving gadgets, we’re supposed to have more time on our hands. But how many of you, like me, wonder where the time goes?

It’s not that there’s not enough time. We’re trying to do too much in our time-saving world, and so we lose track of time.