Many, many years ago, I went with a boyfriend to his parents house. They did not know we were coming. They had several little pugs running around who were not house-trained. I mean seriously not house-trained. My memory is that there were four or five dogs, but my memory tends to exaggerate as time goes on.
Anyway, his mother was horrified and angry at her son for showing up with a girlfriend without letting her know, because had she known, she would “picked up.” Which meant to me that she would picked up for guests , but not herself? I’m not judging, I’m really not. I know not everyone can get the house-training thing down. But let me tell you who was horrified that day: ME. That family acted as if it was no big deal to have dog poop all over the house, but I was afraid to touch anything, step anywhere, or eat anything. But the funny thing is, what made them uncomfortable was not dog feces everywhere, but me! I was intruding in the way they chose to live their life and it made them feel bad.
Yeah, I dumped him shortly after that.
In THE LAST DEBUTANTE, (on sale 2/26!) the last book in my Secrets of Hadley Green series, Daria Babcock shows up at her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother didn’t know she was coming and she’s not exactly excited. She’s in the middle of some heavy stuff, including a wounded man in a back bedroom, and she doesn’t have time to mess with her granddaughter. But Daria has come to Scotland all the way from England, and her grandmother lives up in the Highlands, so it’s not as if she can go get a hotel room. She has to stay. Daria’s grandmother and her wounded guest are miffed that Daria showed up unexpectedly, and now she is intruding into a battle she knows nothing about, but it makes them feel uncomfortably exposed. It’s Daria’s fault! And things go downhill from there, including a kidnapping and a ransom, and lots of brawny Highlanders and another secret revealed…but I digress.
Have you ever been an uninvited guest? Have you ever had unexpected guests in your house and felt uncomfortable because they had a glimpse into some part of your life you’d rather keep private? What’s the worst guest experience you’ve ever had? What’s the longest guest experience you’ve ever had?
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