by Grace aka costofcollege
Imagine that a friend is in your neighborhood and decides to stop by your house for a quick hello. Since it’s a last-minute thing, they may or may not call or text you ahead of time. Is your home visitor-friendly, clean and clutter-free? What is your reaction?
A) My house is a mess and I’m in the middle of a million things that have to get done, so I’ll tell them it’s not a good time. Please just go away.
B) As I open the door I’m trying to manage a smile to hide my annoyance at an unexpected guest. I hope they don’t stay long.
C) I have a ton of things to do, but they’re not more important than a chance to catch up with a friend. Mi casa es tu casa, anytime. What a nice surprise.
Now that the visitor is at your house, what snack or drink will you offer? Do you have a stand-by stash of snacks to offer guests? Or do you figure offering refreshment will only encourage this kind of uncivilized social behavior? How often do you get unexpected visitors?
What about the kids?
When my kids were younger, neighborhood friends would sometimes drop by unannounced. But now there’s usually texting before FTF visiting takes place. However, it’s not unusual to have a group of teens converge on my house at the last minute, and it can be a challenge to feed them. Seltzer, popcorn, cookies, nacho fixings, and boxed mac-n-cheese are easy to keep in the pantry. Take-out pizza is almost always welcome. What do you feed young guests?