SHOW off those cooking and house work skills, that you don’t actually have, when relatives come to stay.
That is, ridiculously, what I did on the weekend when some of my in-laws came to visit.
The family members arrived just before midday Saturday and immediately it was my time to shine as the ‘hostess with the mostess’, which I am most definitely not, by serving coffee and cake as soon as they walked in the door.
I served the morning tea on the nice plates, which I have, actually, never used, but I, of course, acted like this was just ‘situation normal’ for us.
As the day wore on I fussed over our guests and completed several loads of washing in between.
The day carried on and at around 4pm I felt that it was important I declare to everyone in the house that I was starting to prepare dinner.
This was the dinner that I had pre-organised, but had actually never made before – hence, I needed more time to follow the recipe closely.
Our guests asked if they could help, but I waved them off and told them to sit down and relax.
Although, internally, I felt like asking: ‘could they order a pizza, so I didn’t have to cook the rest of this elaborate meal?’
While dinner cooked in the oven, I set our dining table, which is only used when we host others for a meal.
I lined each table place with a mat, threw a table runner through the middle and added cutlery and glasses.
I stood back and assessed my work, even surprising myself.
Dinner was eaten and enjoyed, I think, and then everyone relaxed in front of the TV to catch some Saturday night football.
Instead of joining in, I cleaned the tableware immediately, instead of my usual post-dinner ritual of racing out in the ad-breaks to quickly pack the dishwasher.
Now, don’t ask me why I was acting so highly organised and so ridiculously accommodating because our guests are not difficult people, and they wouldn’t have cared in the slightest if they were served up toast for dinner.
But, I think I wanted to show that we are doing well and are, mostly, managing in our own home.
Maybe next time we have family come and stay I will tone down the need to make it look like we have it perfectly together.
Until next week, keep your glasses full.