I have an Aunt and Uncle who have three children - we cousins all call them the "over-achievers". (Secrets out now). Each one of these cousins have gone above and beyond. A doctor, a teacher, and a talented builder. How did they raise such terrific kids? They never followed the trends of the sagging down jeans, wallets that needed to be chained to their belt loops or god forbid the pierced ears. They were presidents of their class, top honors, humble and genuinely nice kids. Years passed and we took a trip up to my Aunt and Uncle's farm house in Maine. A beautiful old Cape, barn in a bit of disrepair but still beautiful. As I entered the house, I was a little taken back by the stacks of laundry, dishes in the drainer and all walls crying out for a fresh coat of paint. Did she not know we were coming? My Aunt was quick to explain the clutter but was in no way apologizing. She said to me, "my children are children for such a short time. Will they remember that their house was immaculate and everything was in its place? Or will they remember our hikes, ski weekends, and family outings?"
They really were the perfect family - I think I found what fits into my procrastination category for today - housework!