It’s 1 a.m., your 10-year old is vomiting, and you have a 9 a.m. with a potential client, what do you do?

posted May 28, 2013, 10:27 AM by Tia Karelson
August 1, 2012

It’s 1 a.m., your 10-year old is vomiting, and you have a 9 a.m. with a potential client, what do you do?

This happened last night. The day ahead had three important meetings. I hate failing to fulfill commitments pretty much more than anything. If I say I’m going to do something, be somewhere, whatever, I do it. To think that a potential client has an initial impression of me as unreliable makes me queasy. In professional terms, ick, ick, ick.

I spent 2-3 a.m. contingency planning. Three meetings. What to do?

Early the next morning, as luck had it, meeting #3 sent a note asking to reschedule. I was happy to oblige. Meeting #2 was with a client, the founder of a new charter school. He would understand about a sick child. Two down, one to go. That left the potential new client.  I really wanted to get to that meeting…

But, my child is the most important thing. I asked whether he was comfortable staying home alone for a few hours. He was not. He will be eleven soon, but being sick, he needed to be a little kid, not a big one. And that was well within reason. The drive time to the 9 a.m. was at least a half hour, and the meeting would last an hour or two, and then there was the drive time home.

There were two other options, involving folks coming to watch my son. Neither option turned out to be viable. In the end, I stayed home with my child, feeling alternately guilty and glad. We watched the Olympics, and I attempted to fit in bits and pieces of work.

The days of my son needing me to be a human pillow are numbered. Market Karma, on the other hand, is still in its infancy, its needs will continue for years.

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