Grant McGee: House guests always welcome to pitch in

A lady came by the bicycle shop the other day. She was there to pick up a grandkid’s bike. After we settled up we had a chance to sit and visit. She got to talking about a bunch of relatives coming to town for a family get-together.

“A lot of them are staying at my house so I’m doing the cooking, the dishwashing, the cleaning. I wish I could run away,” she said with a smile.

“Oh, I’ve heard this problem before,” I said.

The Lady of the House was doing inventory in a back room. I called out to her, “‘Dear, there’s someone out here who could use your wisdom.’”

As she came into the room I explained the woman’s situation.

“You put up a sign,” said The Lady of the House. “With big letters, ‘THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED.”

“Oh my,” said our visitor, laughing.

“After all,” said The Lady of the House, “They’re getting a free roof over their heads, the least they can do is pitch in on the food.”

The Lady of the House closed the kitchen at our Stucco Hacienda last Christmas. She and I were talking about getting things ready for family coming for the holiday.

“You know,” she said, “I want to sit on the couch, eat chocolates and watch movies like everyone else.”

Christmas came as did family. We went out to our local eateries a few times, “Dutch treat” of course. We also brought in a great deli spread of cold cuts, cheeses, chips, dips and such along with paper plates, plastic silverware and plastic cups. We rented some movies and had a great holiday.

Waving goodbye and smiling The Lady of the House murmured. … “Now if I can just figure out how to get the guests to clean up the house before they get here.”