Five Minute Friday – prompt word, five minutes, just write. No overthinking, no overediting.
This weeks prompt word is INVITE
I have a policy.
If I know you and you arrive on my doorstep you get invited in.
Regardless of the state of of the house.
It feels like a risk because somedays the house looks like wolves live here, somedays its diabolical, and theres always someone that arrives on that day. You can bet on it.
If its a pick up or drop off type visit we’ll often stand in the hallway and chat but mostly its a go on through, through my crazy lounge room out to the back area that’s generally in not much better condition depending on what we’ve been doing and how much I’ve been home or if the kids have done their chores (or if I’ve done mine).
What would be handy I often think would be a parlour. Remember those? A “good room” thats kept neat and lovely for swanning about and “entertaining” in. But I wonder if thats similar to having a closed door – it says this far and no more. I’ll show you my good side and my good china but the real me thats kept in another room. It might even say I don’t trust you enough with who I am or with my faults and imperfections and messy kitchen.
No such luxury around here though. It’s straight into the fray when you cross my doorstop and a bit like Russian roulette as to what you’ll find but I’ve made that policy of inviting in because in my heart I know that people are more important than how my house looks and because I decided a long time ago that my homes purpose (like mine) isn’t to impress or compete, its purpose is to embrace and I can’t do that with a closed door.
It’s a risk, it takes trust – because our homes tell people about who we are and – – what if it says the wrong thing?
This blog invites you in too and like in my home my true heart hope is that you leave this place feeling better or lighter or more relaxed than when you arrived but I think sometimes I let you in only as far as the “good room” With the marvels of editing and cropping at my finger tips its easy to just show you the good side because I love a pretty photo but we all know real life is whats happening outside of the frame and theres real life scattered all over the place here.
So come on in past the “parlour” into the heart of the house with things undone and unfolded and unfinished, where pretences are dropped and the real conversations happen.
Your invited, your welcome.
Just come as you are and I will too.
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