Punctual and Procrastinate: A Story Based on a Belgium Proverb
Especially for Girls

Mama and Papa Lion have two little lions:
Punctual and Procrastinate.
Punctual arrives fifteen minutes early, enjoys reading a book while waiting and appreciates the respect others give her in return for being on time.
Procrastinate arrives late, frazzled, frumpled, and frustrated. She constantly races with the clock, misses deadlines, misses opportunities, and annoys anyone that tries to depend on her for anything.

Punctual plans the day before hopping in bed the night before. She sets her opportunity clock fifteen minutes earlier than needed to allow for a peaceful morning. She lays out her clothes and shoes.
Procrastinate stays up late playing games, forgets to set her clock, and falls asleep on the sofa.

When Punctual’s clock sings, she pops out of bed, says her prayers, and runs down to meet Mama Lion for an early morning jog. They watch the exquisite sunrise as they breathe in the fresh air and smell the blooming flowers as they pass. Punctual and Mama feel invigorated, energized, and ready for the day.
Procrastinate misses the sunrise, fresh air, and beautiful flowers. She rolls off the sofa exhausted, yawns, and dreads the day.

For breakfast, Mama Lion makes Belgium waffles and fruity yogurt.
Punctual sets the table and hides a chocolate surprise in each napkin. Papa Lion rings the bell.
Mama, Papa and Punctual enjoy warm waffles and cool fruity yogurt.
Procrastinate showers, looks for clean clothes, and dresses.
By the time Procrastinate shows up, her waffles are cold and the fruity yogurt is warm.

After breakfast, Punctual promptly does her chores, gets ready for school, and pops in the car as soon as Papa says, “Time to go. All aboard!”
Procrastinate races to collects the trash for the garbage can that she should have put out last night.
Then she hears the rumble of the passing garbage truck.
“Oh no! Not again! The garbage already smells!”
Papa and Punctual wait in the car.
Next Procrastinate runs to grab her backpack. The clock chimes to remind her, “Oh no! I’m late again!”

On the way to school, Papa Lion explains, “Being late is like stealing someone else’s time. Only you can’t replace time. You feel bad. Others are inconvenienced and there is no benefit. Tonight, you and I will practice racing to get ready. You need to apologize to Punctual and figure out how to make it up to her. Lastly, to help you wake up, you will go to bed thirty minutes earlier.”

When Procrastinate finally arrives at school, she has missed soccer sign-ups, checks into the office for her tardy slip, and hurries down the hall late to class.

After school, the Lion family is going to hear the Belgian National Orchestra.
Mama, Papa, and Punctual find their seats and enjoy some quiet conversation.
Procrastinate dawdles in the lobby and then uses the restroom.
When she tries to go in, the attendant tells her,
“I’m sorry. You will have to wait until this movement is over. It’s rude to interrupt the performance.”

As Procrastinate waits, she notices a sign,
Belgium Proverb: He who arrives too late finds the plate turned over.

Procrastinate decides it’s no fun being late. “I miss opportunities. I feel exhausted, stressed, and out of control! I inconvenience my family and friends. No one can depend on me. From this day on, I will arrive fifteen minutes early for everything.”

And do you know what? She isn’t Procrastinate anymore. She is Miss Prompt and everyone can depend on her to arrive fifteen minutes early, peaceful, and prepared.