A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
Are you always prepared for the unexpected?
If someone wants to visit you at home, do you make excuses or
do you let them in? Do you run for cover, or put out the Welcome
You know those lists that rank
people's greatest fears? Most often public speaking comes out
at the top of the list, but I'm willing to bet that among Work
At Home Moms, Unexpected Guests is the greatest fear. I know
a lot of Work At Home Moms who get stressed out for days when
they're expecting visitors.
But what are we stressed about?
Do we worry that someone will judge us based on the smudges on
our windows? Isn't it better to look forward to the friendships
we can share? The fun times we can have, and the contacts we
can make? Now, I'm not advocating to completely let the housework
slide, just keep it in perspective. I know I can't work at home,
take care of my children, and keep a perfect house too. I doubt
if many moms can.
Erma Bombeck wrote that if she
had her life to live over again,
"I would have invited friends
over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn
in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt
when someone wanted to light fire in the fireplace"
I used to be more of the run-for-cover-type
when we had company. If I knew someone was coming over, I would
spend days cleaning and do my best to hide all traces of our
lives from view. Then I would still apologize for the messy house.
Of course my cover would be blown when my husband would come
home and say, "Wow, you've really cleaned this place up!"
Now, I've decided that we live
in a WYSIWYG house, "What You See Is What You Get."
Yes there are fingerprints on the window, (gasp) dirty dishes
in the sink, and (horrors) the kids' craft projects are spread
over the dining room table, but this is just the way it is.
And what a relief it is.