It was the last snowfall of spring. The storm caught us all by surprise in the early evening. While some of us sheltered as best we could under the colonnades of Calle Real, one man ran off up the street armed with a big umbrella. I got the feeling he was late for an appointment. If it’s humanly possible, it’s not a good idea to arrive late for a fixed appointment or date. I agree with US writer Karen Joy Fowler, who says that arriving late is a way of saying that your time is more important than that of the person waiting for you. Punctuality is certainly a virtue that should be valued, but we shouldn’t forget that when a person says they live life to the full, it often means that they arrive everywhere late.
29 April, 2015