We had company yesterday for lunch, an agreeable group of people, and it was a fun afternoon. It’s been a while since I’ve hosted anyone other than immediate family and I’d forgotten the side benefits of entertaining.
Sure, you do have to get the house clean and hide all traces of the squalor that you usually live in. Shoes actually go in closets, the butter dish finally gets washed, and the newspapers get picked up.
But all the major parts of the house are clean and tidy all at once. It’s a heady feeling.
Then, you have entertainment delivered right to your door in the form of nice people with good conversation (if you’re lucky, that is).
And after several pleasant house during which you all eat delectables you don’t usually buy just for yourself, they go home.
I now have a clean house, two bottles of wine I didn’t have before, and half a cake. Not a bad afternoon’s take.