Surprise Visitors - Are they Really Welcome?
By conversationswi... on January 24, 2009
Yesterday, I was in a very lazy sort of mood. During the week, I run around trying to fit 25 hours in a 24 hour period, so sometimes on the week-end, I just want to relax. This includes, staying in my pyjamas and spending time with my kids even if it’s just sitting down holding both of them while we watch a cartoon (ah heaven). During these days, I usually let the chores and the dishes sit a little until mid afternoon.
I was in this state of bliss and relaxation when I heard a knock on the door. “Oh No, not another salesperson”. I looked in the peep hole and saw a colleague from work who lives not too far from my house. Now I hope you don’t think I’m snobby because I’d like to think I’m not. But I did not want to open the door. Maybe if I’m quiet enough, she’ll think I’m not home. Then the guilt set in and I opened the door. As the door opens,
Me: “Hi. what a surprise”
Colleague: “I was coming back from some errands when I saw you car in the driveway. I thought, I’d stop buy and say hi.”
Me: (Do I invite her in? She must see that I’m in my pyjamas and will probably say no). Do you want to come in?
Colleague: “Sure, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you and I wanted to see your baby”
We had some coffee and some nice conversation. But the whole time I was worried about what she would think of my house. She must think I’m a slob for having dishes in the sink and an untidy home. Plus not to mention that it is 14:00 in the afternoon, she ran her errands already and I’m still in my PJ’s.
I never understood showing up at people’s homes without an invitation. You never know what they could be doing. If it were my parents or sisters, that would be different. I mean if my sister comes over and I’m in my PJ’s I wouldn’t care, but a colleague?
I love my laze around the house days. They don’t come often but when they do, I treasure them. Life is so filled up with things to do, places to go and people to see. So whenever I can, I simply take advantage of doing nothing but enjoying the moment. Having an unexpected visitor ruined it for me, because I couldn’t JUST relax. It also made me a little embarrassed. I mean what will she think of me. “Boy she’s lazy, her house was a mess”.
Am I wrong? Is it poor manners to show up unexpected to someone’s house? When is it o.k, if ever?
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