When I was in the fifth grade, my grades took a nosedive. It was the first year of middle school. I was finding it more difficult than ever to tame what my kindergarten teacher had called my "free spirit." I'd gotten mixed in with the bad kids. I'm pretty sure a couple of them dropped out of school eventually. I didn't get along with my teacher at all. Somewhere along the way, I seemed to stop doing my homework completely. I remember lying in bed at night, dreading the next day.
About the middle of the year, my Mom was called in for a parent-teacher conference. My teacher looked at her gravely and said, "JWD has a real problem with procrastination."
Mom, without missing a beat, said with a twinkle in her eye: "Oh, I'll talk with her about that next week."
Mom never tamed her free spirit either. And my teacher was not amused.
So it made me laugh when I came across CNN's headline yesterday "Procrastination Report Released Five Years Late."