Sinead Moriarty: Why it's no sin to want a little notice before people 'pop in'
When I was growing up, people popped in to our house all the time… unannounced. They didn't call the day before to prepare you for the popping in, they just arrived on your doorstep.
My mother did not have a heart attack when the doorbell rang. She did not throw herself on the kitchen floor, so the visitor couldn't see that she was in. Nor did she put her coat on and pretend she was on her way out, or fake an important call on her mobile (to be fair, there were no mobiles, but you get the picture).
But now when our doorbells ring or buzz unexpectedly, we panic. Who in the name of Jesus could be calling to the house unannounced?