Hospitality, by Bailey7:30 AM
|Come on over!|
“Oh, I don’t know. I’ll make something. Please?”
I violated two family rules in this encounter. Firstly, the application process was rushed far too quickly. To be completely legal, a request to have so-and-so over must be brought up weeks—months—in advance, and that just to have them nominated for the nomination category. After a process of elimination, the nominated nominees are weeded out into the official nominees—and then we can select our guest (sometimes with pleas and promises not intended to be kept) and plan the dinner.
Secondly, there is no way anybody is stepping foot in our house unless at least the living room’s dusted and there’s a hot, respectable meal on the table. We take our hospitality very seriously, as I said. We want to ensure that everything’s under control, that everyone can relax and enjoy the evening, that our house won’t be chaotic and uninviting. We aren’t always fancy, but we’re always complimented on a clean house and good food—lots of it. That takes some planning.
And that prohibits spur-of-the-moment lunch invitations on leftover day.
But sometimes we make exceptions. Hop on over to
for the exciting conclusion. :)