I wrote a few weeks ago about how my mother’s mismatched plates help her teach me a lesson about not having to be perfect to be hospitable. Over the last month I have been given the opportunity to practice what I preached by being really imperfect but incredibly blessed by enjoying thirty-two of our wonderful family and friends as they stopped by, stayed the night, or stayed the week at our home. All of them (so far) have survived the expierence even with all of the imperfections.
Here’s some of the things I have learned during these weeks.
1. Patio furniture can easily double for dining room furniture when necessary.
2. A massage chair is instant entertainment for most children and can keep them occupied for hours.
3. Dogs are also very entertaining but will wear out before the children do. Petting the cat with an iPhone is also very fun.
4. Water, flour, milk, and eggs can make most of both breakfast and dinner when there are fourteen people to feed.
5. It’s a good idea to clear the children from the area when your washing machine starts leaking again and your husband is fixing it.
6. Patrick will always over-estimate how much people can eat.
7. Luckily, leftovers can be easily turned into lunch for the next day.
8. Do not bury the box of legos in the back of a closet under 15 blankets, five picture frames, six jackets, twelve dolls, and a plethora of tangled chords if you want to get to it without an 8-year-old commenting “hmm… that seems to be a problem”.
9. The TV has seen much less use and the dining table much more use in the last month because people are much more interesting than TV.
10. There is nothing quite as joyous as a house full of people, laughing, talking, eating and enjoying each other’s company.