Saturday, July 10, 2010

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Families' Doors

Benjamin Franklin said, "Fish and visitors smell in three days." Good advice, but I don't think he ever said anything about how family members should act when visiting another family member's house.

I bring this up because twice in the last week I have had an aunt (two different ones) show up at my door, knock twice and immediately open the door.  No waiting, nope, not for them. 

Thursday morning was the worst. My dad's youngest sister showed up, knocked twice really quietly and then just opened the door.  I wouldn't have had time to react if I wanted to.  I was asleep in my chair in the living room because I had just taken my strong pain medication because my hand was hurting really bad.  When she opened the door, the sun came in and pierced my eyes like a dagger.  She apologized and immediately left, but I was mad.  Even if she is family, she should at least wait for me to tell her to come in.  What if I was naked or something? It is one thing if you are expected, but it is entirely different if you are popping over to someone's house unexpected.

Now I go to my parents' house and will usually just walk in the house, but I used to live there, so it is a little different.  Even so, I still usually holler that I am there. 

Am I alone in this assessment? Has anyone else had family members that insist on barging into your house? 


Gina and Vito said...

WHY isn't your door locked??? It doesn't matter where you live, your door should always be locked! Don't make me lecture you. Oh wait, I guess I already did. ;)

Smalltown Girl said...
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Smalltown Girl said...

@Gina and Vito - so here is why I don't lock the door.

#1. My door is made out of Styrofoam with a thin plastic shell. One swift kick with a boot (or probably any shoe) and anyone could get in the house; I'd rather they just walk in and take my stuff than kick down the door and I have to replace it too!

#2. I don't remember where the key is. Seriously!

#3. Nobody comes out here to even get into my house. Besides, no one would think anything worth anything would be in my house...

Besides, why would I lock it when I'm home?

Oh, and I don't lock the car either, and I leave the keys in it. I'd rather them take the car than come into the house to get the keys.

Gina and Vito said...

Forget robbers, what about murderers? Murderers love to roam the countryside. I am going to be worried about you now.


Smalltown Girl said...

Murderers would just kick down the door too... Be Not Afraid!