Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Pop-In

The girls have made several friends in the neighborhood that they play with pretty much on a daily basis.  Some we pre-arrange playdates with, others we mostly play with when we happen to run into each other outside or at the park, and a few, like Elaine from "Seinfeld" are big fans of the "pop-in".  There is one neighbor girl in particular who is very social and wants to be playing with someone every minute of every day, and several times a week we can count on a knock on the door from either her (accompanied by her mother) or another girl (who is only 3 and frequently knocks on our door by herself.  Sure, we're only 5 houses down, but still).

I personally hate the pop-in, because there is always something I want to do that gets interrupted or post-poned, or sometimes I just don't feel like being social or having to entertain anybody, especially so spontaneousely, but the girls love to have friends over and obviously it's good for them to socialize with their friends so I let it slide.  And they don't always play here, either.  They take turns playing at each other's houses but this one friend in particular has a younger sister who still naps so they usually at least start here for awhile before moving on to their friend's house.

Anyway, it's gotten to the point where every single day I'm constanly wondering if someone's going to come over.  As I go about my daily tasks, I'm constantly thinking that there could be a knock on the door any second.  I hate that feeling.  It's pretty unsettling.  Oh well.  If I really needed to I could always just tell whomever that we're busy or whatever, and there have been times when I've turned someone away (until later) because we were in the middle of breakfast or lunch or getting ready to go somewhere or whatever.  But for the most part, it's not that big of a deal becuase at least when they have friends over they are occupied and it's actually easier to get things done.

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