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Don’t procrastinate, your butter will melt

Don't procrastinate, your butter might melt.

We went to friends for a pot-luck barbecue and brought potatoes and butter. When we left the dinner I put the butter container in the back of the van with the left-over potatoes.

It was late when we got home from the dinner and I didn’t want to make two trips to the car. It is so far to walk from the kitchen to the driveway. I carried in the potatoes to the house and thought, “I will get the butter later.” 

The next day I bought groceries and four gallons of water. Our water filter in the fridge needs to be changed and I had not ordered the water filter yet.

“I will order the water filter later,” I thought.

I unloaded the groceries and left the water bottles in the back of the van. The water was so heavy, and it was such a long walk from the kitchen to the driveway, I didn’t want to take them into the house.

I thought, “I will take the gallons of water in later.”

Yesterday as I was driving doing errands, I could hear the gallons of water rolling around in the back of the van.

“I will get the water later,” I thought.

And then I didn’t think about the water or the butter again, until I opened up the back of the van to put groceries in it.

The water had rolled into the butter dish.

Now I have a butter mess to clean up.

I will clean it up tomorrow.”

You may delay, but time will not.
― Benjamin Franklin

And I would add to Benjamin Franklin’s wisdom with my own quote.

You may delay, but butter will melt.
Pamela Hodges

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My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • La McCoy

    Let your Broccoli roll under the seat.
    That is fun in summer a day later!

    • Too funny Laura.
      If only there wasn’t cat hair and mulch chips back there with the butter, I would for for a drive with broccoli in the back of the van.
      It has been raining all day, so I still haven’t cleaned up the butter.

  • My husband always says “Do it now and it will be done,” which has convinced me to do that (although he doesn’t, he just says it.)

    • Ha, too funny. I think I need to put your husband’s quote on my quote page.
      My quote is, “Do it later, and it well never be done, because later never comes.”

  • I’m the “queen of procrastination”, living by the motto “don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” Your post is very timely (no pun intended). I did a guest post today on the subject of “one minute.”

  • Christa Sterken

    Ok, you have convinced me to put one foot in front of the other today!

    • Would you like to help me clean up the butter? I still haven’t cleaned it up. I am waiting for it to stop raining.