Saturday, January 25, 2014
When I was a little girl, my dad would pile my brother, sisters and me into the car and head out to visit friends. We came unannounced but for the knock on our friend's front door as we stood on the porch to see if they were home. Often our friends were home and graciously invited us in, sometimes to dinner, sometimes to just coffee and many times to just a sweet time of play, chatter and fellowship.
I am now grown, have a home of my own and love the idea of folks dropping in for a "visit" much like we did as a family with our friends. But there seem to be social barriers, etiquette that keep one another at arm's length. Upon moving into our new home this summer, I told a friend to stop in anytime she pleased, unannounced. She asked if I meant it. I told her that I did.
What must we do as individuals, families and friends to convince each other that we really do mean it when we say, "Drop by anytime for a visit?"