Anyone who knows me, knows I am one of the most social people they will ever meet. I have finally realized that being so social can also be a very irritating trait.
The words, "stop by anytime" spoken in haste can sometimes be the sword upon which a person has to fall. Usually the words are my signature line after running into people on the street.
Yesterday, the first person arrive at 9:00 A.M. with the famous words, "you told me to stop by anytime, and I'm on break for a little while so I thought I'd stop by for coffee."
11:30 another "friend" stopped by with the famous words, "you told me to stop by anytime so since I had nothing else to do, here I am."
Silent tears of frustration are welling up in my eyes at 1:30P.M., as I realize all my plans for MY day are slowly waning. I have mentioned everything from a headache to the dog needed walking and all the response given, was that they'd go walking with me as I took the dog and they had great pain medication for my headache.
3:00 and I smile as "friend number 2" leaves my driveway. There is still a chance for a couple of loads of laundry, gardening and starting dinner. Breathing a sigh of relief, I merrily make my way to the laundry room and then, a knock on the front door. Holding tight to the basket of clothes, I slowly make my way to the door and lo and behold, "friend number three" is standing there with a bucket of chicken and the famous words, " You told me to stop by anytime so I picked up some chicken, thought we could have dinner and play cards."
The last time I saw "friend number three" was when, after hearing a blood curdling scream, she ran to her car and beat a hasty retreat with her chicken.
So a word of advice to all my "friends". If I want to see you, I'll call and INVITE you over. If you don't hear from me, don't take it personally. I just realized I would like to have a life without visiting all the time.
Be warned that if you drop in, I will be asking you to drop right back out.