The arrival of guests usually signals the beginning of so many things. On a negative side, the preparation is exhausting. Trying to fit in a whole house clean, ironing, bed making, towel matching, fridge and freezer cleaning and spider web demolition while working is a test in itself. Then, after they leave there’s a whole house clean, ironing, bed making and emptying the fridge and freezer of all the naughty foods that they leave behind. Standing on the scales afterwards can prove a very scary experience as there will have been an awful lot of calories taken in during your time of entertaining.
In times gone by, with back to back visitors, it has proved tiring and expensive, and we would breath a sigh of relief as we waved off yet another car full.
On the positive side, the arrival of familiar faces brings hugs, kisses, smiles, new stories, precious time in each other’s company and a renewing of friendships. It’s a touching of hearts, morals, belonging and kinship. There are new experiences, the making of new memories and most important of all, there is laughter.
Even though I have to leave and go to work every day, there is the anticipation of returning home and recognising something different from the norm. There is enjoyment in a change of routine and a sense of holiday even for the workers.
After four years of hardly any visitors due to our circumstances, it is so wonderful to, once again, have people to stay. To welcome people back into our lives has made me realise that the negatives are insignificant. In fact they have changed to the opposite.
I love the fact that the discipline of having to clean means that I sort out my rubbish and get rid of it at more regular intervals. Having to iron and sort bedlinen equals no excuses to avoid the ironing, thus removing the piles. My fridge and freezer stay a lot more organised and the spiders don’t stand a chance.
I am a happier person for the laughter, more educated because of other people’s experiences, more social because I have to be and perhaps a little kinder or tolerant. In all, visitors enrich, I look forward to time in their company and feel honoured that they chose to spend time in mine.