Thursday, November 18, 2010

A method to the madness...

Driving to the big city with a couple of D Mama's today I found out something very interesting about myself, and I thought I would share.

It was an epiphany of sorts brought thoughtfully to my attention by an amazing D Mama in her own right.

It all started with us hitting traffic on the freeway. We were a bit concerned we were going to be late for an appointment...but at the same time, we were not enough concerned to ruin the moment. We were three mothers...alone...on the road to the city. We were on a mini four hour vacation and we were happy as all get out. So what if we were late! We were going to enjoy ourselves!

As the traffic snailed along I glanced at the clock and let my friends runs seven minutes fast. (5 minutes by my boys elementary school clock.)

Turns out they both do the same thing. They also set the clocks in their cars ahead.

"What the heck is wrong with us?" I asked. "We already spend our life calculating equations in our head! Why would we purposefully add one more?!"

Why DO we do this to ourselves? We wondered.

Then my amazing D mama friend made it all clear. We are Relief Junkies. We panic at the time...and then we get high off the fact that we are not late at all.

Maybe it is a D Mama thing.

We LOVE the feeling of relief. We LOVE the wave of emotion that wafts over us when we realize everything is just fine.

Only another D Mama could look deep into my soul and pull out that little gem.

Food for thought anyway.


  1. I completely agree.

    Ah, the sweet sigh of relief.


  2. yup. Relief. Le sigh. We appreciate the smaller things.

  3. Totally agree! I do the same thing BTW. :)

  4. I have always set my clocks ahead. yes, i think the relief of knowing I am not as late as i thought is great.

  5. It was kind of funny. And here all along I thought it was just me.

  6. OMG! I thought it was just me who sets my clock forward too!

    Relief junkie - I LOVE IT!!! Yes that is so true!!!

  7. I do the same thing in my car, I usually opt for 7mins as well. It takes more time to calculate so I don't count on the 5min buffer. ...Doesn't really make sense, but it works lol

  8. 10 minute buffer on the bedroom clock...5 minute buffer on the car clock!!! LOL.

  9. Now my dad has always ALWAY had his bedroom alarm clock set ahead 37 minutes. Weird, huh? I don't think his is to be a relief junky, but rather thinks it'll trick him into getting up earlier and not being grumpy about it. However, it makes the rest of us grumpy when he forgets that it's really 6am and not 7 when we stay over there!
    I like your method much better, seems a bit more sane!

  10. Bedroom clock set 5 min early. Does it keep me from being late.... Nope! :)


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