Come in! Don’t mind the mess.
I say this reflexively. The house isn’t that messy, maybe a rogue shoe on the floor under the table, but certainly better than most days.
Growing up I heard Mom say many times, “If you came to see me, great! If you came to see my house, you should have called first.”
I live by a similar motto.
I offer you one of my favorite coffee mugs. I have a set of matching cups, but what is the fun in that? You pour yourself some coffee and we settle in on the couch. Your shirt still shows evidence of the rain that has been falling for hours, one of those nice steady rains.
If it weren’t for the rain, we would be outside. Well, probably not. It was a little chilly, too. We talk about the weather and then we talk about how much we hate small talk, like talking about the weather.
We laugh at ourselves.
You tell me about the book you’re reading. It is an Agatha Christie book because you read my blog post about one of her novels. It isn’t the same one, but you are enjoying it. You agree she is a literary genius.
I tell you about the race I ran last weekend. It was my first of the year and four miles. Three miles is usually my max, but I ran this race last year with surprising results, so I tried it again. I beat my time last year by one minute, 45 seconds. It was pretty exciting.
After the race I went to a screening of The Breakfast Club. It is a movie I can quote pretty much word for word. I know all the glances and all the hand gestures and for some reason, watching it this time everything was so funny. I laughed almost the entire movie.
I go off on a tangent talking about how when I taught a class on different forms of media, we discussed how the movie watching environment affects the level you enjoy the film. You say a person’s mood also plays a big part. I don’t disagree.
The coffee in our cups is almost gone and it is time for us to leave anyway. We put our cups in the sink (I’ll wash them later), turn off the coffee pot, and we gather up our stuff. Coffee was just the first part of our fun filled day. We are off to enjoy the chilly, rainy weather.
Until next time…