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Knock! Knock! My husband Andy looked at me and I looked at him. We both looked at the clock. Who could that be at our front door, at 8 o’clock on a weekday evening? Andy heaved himself out of his armchair and plodded off to find out.

“Hello!” Our new friends Tony and Ellie appeared in the doorway of our living room. "I hope you don’t mind us dropping by." They smiled, their eyes meeting mine. Then their eyes wandered downwards and the smiles disappeared. “Oh! I hope we haven’t caught you at an inconvenient moment.”

“No,” I reassured them, as I adjusted the baby on my lap. Her head was buried under my pyjama top. “I’m not doing anything important. Just feeding the baby and relaxing.”

“Sit down,” welcomed Andy, as he scooped up all the baby bits and pieces, to make room on the sofa for our unexpected guests.  “I’ll make some coffee.”

Should I slip off to the bedroom and put on some day clothes? Or could I entertain our guests in my blue flannelette pjs and fluffy slippers? I remained where I was. Why wake the baby?

So we spent the evening chatting and sipping coffee, with everyone trying very hard not to look at my night clothes.

That was the last time Tony and Ellie ever came to visit us in the evening. Actually it was the last time they ever came to visit.

So what’s the moral of this story? Never put on your pyjamas until it's time to go to bed, just in case unexpected guests knock at the door? Or never visit anyone in the evening, without phoning ahead first?

What do you think?


(Thank you Stephanie for your comment on your Robe post which gave me the idea for this story.)


Gorda by M.Peinado(CC BY 2.0)

Image: Dogs are always ready. They don't need to change their clothes for unexpected guests.


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  1. Oh, I know how awkward this feels, as it has happened to us in years past. But guests dropping in without calling ahead was done more when I was younger; it doesn't seem to happen anymore around here. If it does, I am guaranteed to have my hair in a shambles!

    I consider it good manners to phone ahead before visiting someone (since you asked what we thought :) !). Especially in this age of cell phones.

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    1. Nancy,

      Your hair in a shambles? Oh yes! And my face. When I put my PJs on I usually wash any make-up (mascara) off my face, and take my contact lenses out. I wonder if I could see our unexpected guests properly that night!

      Oh yes! With mobile (cell) phones there's no excuse for just turning up on the doorstep. Even a call from the car would be appreciated.

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  2. Well, 8pm is a perfectly reasonable time to be lounging around in your pj's if you ask me!! In fact, I can be found in mine much earlier than that on a cold wint'ry night! Thankfully, we don't get many unexpected night visitors..but they all know I'll disappear fast if I'm not wearing my "civies", lol!

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    1. Trish,

      I used to always put on my pjs early when we had babies. Then if they fell asleep on my lap when feeding (which they always did) I could just slip into bed next to them without having to get changed. These days with no babies, I still like to lounge around in my pyjamas. Oh yes, there's nothing better than snuggling on the sofa, on a cold winter's night in my pyjamas! A mug of hot chocolate and a soft blanket are good as well.

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  3. So true that dogs don't have to worry about what they are wearing. I think the friends should have called first, especially that time of night. I think you were wise not to change. I bet they did learn a lesson here.

    betty

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    1. Betty,

      A dog's life would certainly be easier! But then again, I suppose that would depend on the family a dog belonged to. Our unexpected guests never returned so I assume it was an uncomfortable experience for them!

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  4. I'm sitting here in my robe...I figure if someone comes by unexpectedly, they get what they deserve! I find it very rude to show up without calling first. You really never know what you'll walk in on! But I do try to get dressed fairly early in the day. Still, around 7 or 8 pm, it's PJ time and nobody had better show up.

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    1. Stephanie,

      Visiting unexpectedly in the evening, especially after dark, is very different to dropping by during the day. We expect people, like the mailman, might knock on the door and we are more prepared. I get dressed early in the day too. But evenings? They are for lounging in my pyjamas!

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  5. I don't wear pajamas so it's a good idea for me to just wait until bedtime. LOL. But, I generally wear tee-shirt and shorts or floppy pants that look like pajama bottoms, when I'm home, which is nearly 24-7 since I work at home. So I'm often caught looking not the best. It's okay with me, though some friends do make a point of calling and politely checking if we'll be home for a visit. Being forewarned, I put on a bra. :-)
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    1. Susie,

      Oh yes! You'd better not get ready for bed early, just in case! Not looking our best? Home is the one place we should be able to relax and not worry about such things. I wonder if your work is interrupted by unexpected guests. Perhaps your friends know you might be busy and so arrange a suitable time for a visit.

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  6. Okay, so I giggled. (At the blue flannelette and fluffy slippers picture you painted for us :) But, I don't like when people "drop in" unexpectedly - I get in my PJ's very early! By 8 PM I'm always in my PJ's!

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    1. Mary,

      I guess I did look a bit funny, the only person in PJs while everyone was dressed more formally! I felt a bit out of place in my own home. I love getting into my PJs early, knowing it's the end of the day and all the work is over.

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  7. This one made me smile. I don't know if anyone visits anymore without calling first, but your friends seem to be a refreshing exception!

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    1. Damyanti,

      Doing unexpected things can make life interesting! We have some wonderful friends who warmly welcome any visitors whatever time they arrive. They are so pleased to see people who make an effort to visit. Andy and I tried to be welcoming too but I think our friends were embarrassed. They didn't know us very well which didn't help.

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  8. I think people should call first. I have never liked drop-in visits. I would never do that to someone.
    As for pj's, I am in mine now - 7:30 pm. and i even have pajama days - those days when I wear pj's all day and have nowhere to go and nothing to do! I would like one of those once a week but that doesnt happen! Darn.
    :)

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    1. Colleen,

      PJ days sound wonderful. I know some people have adopted pyjamas as day wear and even go out in them. I don't know if I could do that. I assume people don't wear their fluffy slippers when they go shopping in their PJs!

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  9. I am another pyjama fan. I dress early but it's pjs by 7 unless I have to go out to collect a child. Even then I like winter because I can throw a coat over myself and no one is any the wiser (tee hee). (As for unexpected evening visitors ....!)

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    1. Lucinda,

      I'm smiling thinking of you wearing your pjs under your coat! If Andy has to collect any children from evening events, he sometimes wears his slippers: "I'm not getting out of the car. No one will know."

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  10. I wouldn't visit unexpectedly at any time of the time! In my opinion, this is rude. People you choose as your hosts should at least get a chance to prepare themselves, their house or just plainly tell you that they wouldn't even be at home - which would be quite nice to know for you as a visitor as well, wouldn't it?

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    1. Miu,

      I think everyone enjoys a social visit more if it is expected. The host can do some preparations. The guests can look forward to the visit, knowing someone will be home. You made a great point. Thank you so much Miu for your comment. I always enjoy your visits!

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