October 6, 2013

{Simple Hospitality, Day 6} Impromptu Hospitality



I had another post on the schedule for today, and a whole evening to prepare it, until some of my favourite people in the whole world texted me to invite themselves over for an impromptu boardgame night.

How could I say no to that?  How could I turn down the opportunity to extend actual hospitality in order to just write about hospitality?  

So we whipped up simple snacks and brewed some coffee even though we were out of cream, and we chatted away the evening with people who leave us feeling known and loved and accepted.  We played a favourite game and laughed and told stories and confessed that we'd missed one another. And then we hugged and it was over and I sat down at my laptop with nothing to say about simple hospitality except this:


Be open, be spontaneous, be willing to say yes to that connection even when it's not how you pictured your day.  Even if you are a micromanaging planner type person like me.  Even when it's hard.

Some of the most meaningful moments in our home have been in times of accidental hospitality.  Last minute visitors, party guests who stayed late to chat and cry and pray into the wee hours, dishes stacked in the sink and boot prints on the floor.  These are the times that the line between entertaining and hospitality are defined, the moments when you get to choose the messy truth over a perfect lie.

Like I said, I had another post on the schedule for today, and a whole evening to prepare it, until some of my favourite people in the whole world invited themselves over.  And I am so very glad they did. 

Be open, I dare you.  I dare me, too.

This is day 6 in a series about simple hospitality.  Click here to see more.


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9 comments:

  1. Some wonderful friends did this for us today too. What a blessing. And all we ate was $5 pizzas and breadsticks ... but the conversation and company were wonderful. Good memories.

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  2. I've been so lucky to be on the receiving end of impromptu hospitality lately; it's wonderful and I'm very grateful.

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  3. Wow, i love your quote about the messy truth vs a perfect lie. We must be real. Thanks

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  4. "These are the times that the line between entertaining and hospitality are defined, the moments when you get to choose the messy truth over a perfect lie." Love this. Thank you for the encouragement to be open to this kind of hospitality. Good reminders.

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  5. We had this same type of experience recently. An older neighbor (who also attends our church) stopped by to say *hi* while riding his bike. I was pulling out leftovers and asked if he had already had dinner. He replied no but his wife was also pulling out their leftovers. Our children biked to their home and asked her to pack up her left overs and come join us and our left overs for dinner. She showed up with her leftovers in a cooler and strawberry ice cream for dessert. The house was not spotless, we were in sweats and t-shirts (I had that Saturday bun look going on) but we all had a great time with fun conversation!

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  6. You are so right, this is the best kind and leaves both the hosts and guests feeling blessed! I'm absolutely loving your posts on hospitality, thank you so much!

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  7. We love Ticket to Ride! (I'm waiting on the Netherlands expansion to arrive in the mail any day now....a belated birthday gift from my hubby!)

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  8. Ticket to RIDE! Woot! I knew I liked you. :)

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