Unexpected Guests

06.15.10 | Comments[1]

This morning we talked about unexpected guests.

"Hi...can I drop by? I'm about 10 minutes away."

It's enough to make you break out in a cold sweat.

Or a normal sweat.

"The house is a mess!! All hands on deck. Let's get this place presentable!!"

The scramble begins.

Pots and pans can end up in the closet.

Dirty dishes in the oven.

Clothes under the bed.

Socks in the medicine cabinet.

Hey I bet it's happened to someone!

We had some good laughs about t all.

But maybe we're a little too uptight about the house being perfect.

Presentable yes.


Probably not going to happen.

A house is where we live.

And life can be messy at times.

Especially when you have kids.

Or act like one.

Guilty as charged.

Here's an email that just came in from Barbara:

"I was listening to your program a while ago.  You were all discussing what to do do when someone wants to drop by at the last minute.  I would suggest leaving your house the way it is at that time and welcome them in!   Don't stress yourselves out over it. Let them take you and your house as they find you."

Well said!!

I'll take a messy house full of laughter, activity, and chaos over a quiet orderly museum any day of the week.

That being said.... if you plan to drop by... can you give me an hour's notice?


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 03.06.15 Sara Woodson commented

Years ago I saw a sign, the kind you see in gift shops, that said "If you're coming to see me, come anytime; if you're coming to see my house, make an appointment." There was also one that said "Due to circumstances beyond our control, our maid and butler have quit. Your cooperation in helping to keep this place clean will be greatly appreciated."