I’m only ever presentable when I know I’m going out, or when I’m expecting company. And if I’m not presentable, I really doubt my house is presentable, either. Don’t get me wrong… I love having people over, but not when I’ve been battling projectile vomit all day and haven’t had a chance to shower yet.
I’ve also noticed that when you’re expecting someone, they typically knock… no doorbell. But, if they’re dropping by unannounced, the doorbell is used almost every single time. Ringing my doorbell during naptime is a death wish, especially if you’re trying to sell me something. (And if you are trying to sell me something, I hope you’re really cute and less than 5 feet tall… because I’ll probably buy it. I’m a sucker that way.)
You wake up my kid, and you’ve robbed me of my only free time for the day.
After a naptime that lasted only 30 minutes one day, thanks to an unexpected ring of the doorbell, I decided that it was time to post a sign.
This sign is nothing fancy, no big deal. But when you’re talking about precious moments kid-free that save your sanity (aka naptime), just the idea of it can be exciting! (BTW, I almost added: “By Appointment Only” to the sign, but thought that would be too un-neighborly of me. ;)
I’ve had my sign up for just a couple of days. So far:
- UPS driver didn’t even bother to ding dong ditch. Just left the package on the doorstep, thank you very much.
- Pizza delivery man lightly knocked, and apologized if he had woken the baby (it was 6:30pm).
- Teenage hooligan (I’m old enough to use that word, right?) held down the doorbell at 8:00pm. Wanted to sell me some nasty looking chocolate bars to help keep kids like himself off the street. Was texting the entire time he was talking to me. I asked him if he had noticed the sign about “No Soliciting”. He told me he couldn’t read, and he was still texting.
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*** UPDATED 06/26/12 ***
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Hope this makes your naptimes a little longer and quieter!