Recently, a friend of a friend posted a Facebook status about how she is always uncomfortable when people are doing a service in her home. I wanted to commiserate, but I don’t know her very well and an out of the blue affirmation from a stranger may have been weird. I’m probably completely over thinking here. Obviously, I’m an over thinker.
This leads me to my question. What DO you do when someone is in your house fixing an appliance, or installing cable, or even cleaning your house? I don’t have anyone clean my house because 1) my house is too tiny to justify the service 2) even if my house was larger, I feel awkward sitting around while people clean my house. I’m thinking I should get suggestions now since when we move I’ll have all sorts of people in my home doing various services as we get settled.
Currently, when someone is in my home providing a service I usually sit in the kitchen or living room keeping the kids away from said people. If the kids are at school, I will act like my computer is the most interesting thing in the world. I sometimes make small talk but when I’m home alone, without Fish, I don’t want to come off as a desperate housewife. If you know what I mean?
As I was thinking about how I could provide a better experience for the service people who enter my home, my thinking started to go over the top. Like, if you were a plumber, how awesome would it be to show up to streamers, air horns and the shouts of “SURPRISE!!!” as the occupant of the home you’re visiting hands you a plunger with a bow on it? “Now get to work, my toilet is clogged.” Hmmm, maybe not so much?
Seriously though, am I the only person who finds this as awkward as I do? I will concede that I don’t think normally about many everyday situations. Close friends now know how hard it is for me to shop for zucchini. Why should this be any different?