Wednesday, August 29, 2007

No vacancy

My father in law, who has been here visiting for the past five days, left at 8:00 this morning. His sheets were still warm and his towel still wet as I swept them up and tossed them into the washing machine the second the door shut behind him. Two hours later, I found myself offering more cups of coffee to our newest set of travel worn guests, trying to forestall their need to shower and rest until I could get their linens tumbled dry.

The friends who arrived this morning with their two kids in tow are some of our favorite people, and all four of us were particularly excited about their arrival. We're looking forward to being their London hosts through this weekend. But they're also the third set of house guests we've hosted in the past two weeks, and as much fun as their visit is bound to be, I'm getting close to my limit of gracious hostess tricks.

"Come and visit us in London," we told friends and family. We meant it, and we're incredibly touched and excited that so many people have taken us up on our offer. Visitors bring a bit of comfort and familiarity from home, and their presence here is a powerful reminder of all that we love about our life in the States. At the same time, we take a certain pride in our life here by now, and sharing it with people we care about is a true pleasure for us. We are more than happy to serve as a London B&B for any and all who wish to visit us here. Truly. But... did everyone have to take us up on our hospitality offer at once?


Blogger Gina said...

If I promise to bring a case of Kraft Mac & Cheese with me...can we come next week?

2:16 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Rebecca, you're not alone in your experience. Our "London" friends (who are now living on a boat near Portugal) experienced the exact same phenomenon both in London and when they lived in NYC. Weeks and weeks would go by with no visitors then they would be deluged.

When we come and visit (haha), I'll be sure to check if it's an off month. :-)

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Cancelling those reservations as we speak... Faster than you can say "No, no, I didn't mean YOU"

: )

11:57 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Aww, bloody hell, good thing the five Crumpackers are to cheap to spring for the airfare, otherwise we'd end up on your doorstep too. And wanting to do laundry in that little bitty machine of yours, as well.

7:43 AM  

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