And Then the Doorbell Rang . . .

I’m in a MUCH better mood today.

Not that I’ve cleaned my house. 

Yes, I know I need to.  Yes, I want it to BE clean. 

But the busy-ness hasn’t stopped, and my excuses work just as well when I’m smiling as when I’m frowning. 

I did run the dishwasher that I filled completely but forgot to start last night when we got home at 10:30 from baseball games. 

That’s something, right? 

And because this is how my life works, the doorbell rang this morning. 

I must not be that welcoming of a person, because it doesn’t often ring on a Friday morning. 

Wait, are you under the impression that this was an unexpected ring? 

Oh, well . . . it really wasn’t.  Or it shouldn’t have been.  I do vaguely recall sending a “I’ll be home until 10 tomorrow morning, so you can stop by and pick up that costume” email. 

Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  I did pseudo-pick-up the living room yesterday. 

But oh, the dining room table.  The first-thing-you-see-when-you-walk-in-the-door dining room table.  The wow-it’s-actually-cleaned-off-so-it’s-the-perfect-place-to-unpack-this-package-the-FedEx-guy-just-delivered dining room table.

But thankfully, I’m laughing.  Why no angst?  It was a theatre person.  An artsy-phartsy theatre person.  A friend who is an artsy-phartsy theatre person.  One of those who let it all hang out. 

And so there was no imagining what must be going through her mind.

Nope.  She just said, “Girl, I know how it is!  Don’t you hate it when someone comes over and your house is a total wreck?”

Mmm-hmmm.  And I laughed.  Because I think I’d rather have someone say it out loud than just think it in their head. 

At least that’s how I feel today. 


  1. Mama Laundry says:

    Oh I just love it when those unexpected people are those that don't care how messy things are! I always breathe a huge sigh of relief.


  2. Tiffany says:

    We are living in Italy right now and I recently heard a saying that applies oh-so-well to my life….and maybe yours. :-) "A messy home invites unexpected guests." I can have everything in order for days and not a soul drops by. Let me forget to get the garbage out, have dishes in the sink, laundry on the couch….someone is sure to stop by. Why is that?!

  3. LOL!!!
    I just loved this!!
    Tiffany, I've been asking the same question for the past quarter-century.
    I am trying, yes still trying, to find the elusive A Place For Everything,And Everything In Its Place."

  4. Those are true friends, LOL. I have one friend who has always had a cluttered/messy house (even worse than mine) and she totally owns it… doesn't even try to clean up when she knows I'm stopping by. I've always felt really comfortable there! :)

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