My mother-in-law was chronically late -- for everything. Whenever we went anywhere, we gave ourselves extra time to accommodate Ruth who would always have one more thing to do before we left. We began to tell her we were leaving an hour earlier than planned with the faint hope we could leave on time. Nothing ever worked. We smile to think that the only big event she was ever on time for was her own funeral! My own mother, on the other hand was always a few minutes early!