And then I became an adult. Life got busy, I married an introvert, kids came along and my house was never quite finished. So I settled for yearly birthday parties for the kids and meeting friends at the local Chili's.
Which is not bad, it just wasn't what I imagined...
And then about ten years ago I decided to accept and respect the boundaries in my life with regards to company but to figure out a way that I could still live the life I dreamed of as a kid. I gave up the notion of having pop in friends, extended house guests in a perfectly decorated room and a completely done home. I instead focused on inviting a few friends over just for their company, not to impress them and not to feel embarrassed by a house with mismatched dishes that more often than not looks like an active family lives here.
What a revolutionary notion that was for me.
What I learned is that when family needs a place to stay they aren't looking for a luxury hotel, just a bed with clean sheets and a smiling face handing them a hot cup of coffee in the morning. When friends come to visit they don't expect a gourmet meal and a pinterest ready atmosphere, they just want a safe place to talk about the ups and downs of life.
I love this quote from Edie at Life in Grace...
"Hospitality is not about inviting people into your perfect home, it's about inviting them into your imperfect heart."
Doesn't that just say it all? Who might need an invitation into your less than ready home and your perfectly imperfect heart?