Rule № Three
Always be prepared
An open home is a wonderful, secure, joyous place. When children pop in and out on their way to anywhere, just to say hello and make sure you have not yet forgotten their names, it helps keep perspective on life. The really bad days are not so bad anymore.
I hate, loathe, abhor, detest, cannot bear (enough adjectives?) shopping for food. I cannot stand supermarkets or waiting in line to pay for food. Yet one of sad rules of life is that if you want food in the house you have to shop. I usually drag along some unlucky kid to help me keep my sanity and carry the bags. So when I muster up enough courage to shop and meditate the night before, I buy much more than required over the next week or two. I will do anything not to see the inside of a supermarket for as long as can be managed.
Yet I also dislike being caught without any food in the house, and my kids and their friends come over and want me to make them a meal. So a very delicate balance is kept within the home. My children’s friends all know they are welcome, and when they come, and I am around, the first thing I do, and have taught my children to do, is offer them something to eat.
Let them rummage in the refrigerator, and feel comfortable enough to ask for a steak or an omelet. Let them feel at home in your house, because in the end they are your children’s friends.
Learn to be prepared. If you hate shopping and making lists as much as I do, always try and keep something to feed those who come by (even if it is only tuna-fish or cereal.) Do not throw out leftovers. They too can be used to put together some quick meal.
I cannot even begin to count the amount of times my children had friends over for a big meat supper, and forgot to divulge such trivial information that their friend was vegetarian. Experience demands that one always be prepared with some other food or fruit if it happens. Remember as well, some vegetarians do not fish, eggs, or anything from live animals. So don’t assume that a can of tuna fish will always be a good substitute.
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