German people are punctual, which is not a stereotype but a fact. My partner Mr. Hahn is a living example.
We got acquainted with each other through Tinder. When deciding to meet each other, we agreed to see each other in an American bar/restaurant at 17:00. It was the first time that I visited that place, so I took a taxi to the restaurant, and I arrived ten minutes earlier since there was no traffic. When I thought that I could have a drink first and enjoy the AC indoors, a guy with blonde hair who looks similar to the Tinder picture was smoking at a corner outside the restaurant, holding a bottle of “Yakult”, Ha-ha! This scene has left a deep impression on me. This guy is Mr. Hahn. We entered the restaurant together after saying Hi to each other. Anyway, being punctual for the first appointment won a high score for each other, though we never say it out.
Mr. Hahn is never late when we date, regardless of the weather. I’m also a punctual person. But to be honest, after we moved in together, I become casual with time if what we about to do or go to is just me and him. He starts to know more and more about my make-up routine and the delay it might caused. Hence, he always reminds me, “We will start off at **: 30 on time, not 32 or 35. It’s 30.” If I am a little late, he will swing the keys to make noisy sound by the door. When we visit his parents and stay there for a while, his family is punctual too. They will inform me of the precise dining time or activity time, and all of the family members will behave accordingly.
His philosophy of time is tied up with his requirement for efficiency. He said, “I am punctual because I respect others, and I also expect others to respect me. Don’t waste my time!” Encountering the following situations such as the people he is going to meet is late, the event itself is delayed or people don’t act as efficient as they supposed to be, he might be displeased and annoyed. People living in Shanghai always uses traffic jam as an excuse for being late, and it is very common that people are twenty minutes or half an hour late for the gatherings or appointments. Even so, my partner still persists in his own principle, no matter whether others are the same. He refuses to adapt to what locals do in this respect, and I appreciate this very much.
Mr. Hahn said that the punctuality might comes from the military discipline rooted in their ancestors’ daily life. 150 years before and included the World War II, Germany has been at several wars, and then the militarism was extended to the national spirit. Therefor since Modern time, punctuality is a good symbol of a person’s upbringing.
Right now, I have to turn off my laptop immediately since our scheduled departure time for dinner is approaching. Somebody is swinging his keys by the door…KLING KLING KLING…
Sigh… I will have to put on my shoes in the elevator. Write later…Ciao!
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I like this interesting article. It’s humourous and precisely describing the main different character between these two people also their attitude toward life.
Overall, On time is the basic principle of respecting others and also ourself.