Packing three or four bags, a car seat and a baby, I frequently seem to be running late. After all, who can really plan for those little accidents that require last-minute diaper changes or an all out outfit change? And, I guess if I’m being honest, I probably wasn’t that great at being on time before I had a baby. But now I at least have an excuse.
We are all late sometimes. But I thought it would be important to note that when running late it is polite to call (or text) people who may be waiting for you. Recently, I have had several people simply not show up to meetings I had scheduled with them. They didn’t answer my phone calls. They didn’t answer the door when I knocked and were simply not heard from until hours or days later.
I completely understand that things come up, but it is always good manners to inform others that you are late or need to reschedule. Apologize. Give a (realistic) approximate time of arrival. Propose a time to reschedule if needed. Apologize again. Honestly, give it a try. People are more forgiving when they know what is going on with you.