Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sinead Moriarty: Why it's no sin to want a little notice before people 'pop in'

Gone are the days when the ‘good room’ was a shrine to the unannounced visitor. Stock photo
Gone are the days when the ‘good room’ was a shrine to the unannounced visitor. Stock photo
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

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?

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