"Although you'll find our house a mess,
Come in; sit down; converse.
It doesn't always look like this;
Some days, it's even worse!"
- from a plaque that was always (and may still be) hanging in the kitchen of my very hospitable grandparents, Nelson & Pauline Golding
My grandmother says that she used to turn down opportunities to go out with friends or family, if she had housework to do. But at 88, she tells me that she has changed her mind. Now, when someone invites her out, she drops everything and goes - even if she's just pulled everything out of the cupboards for spring cleaning and it's all sitting on the counters and table. Her reasoning? "It will still be there when I get back."
Thanks, Gram, for the wonderful dose of perspective!