Having People In

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AS THE CONVERSATION ROLLS ON,
she switches seats for the chair with more padding,
then pulls it forward a foot.
He moves to the glider
left behind by the former owner.
I dare turn my chair
away from the spot that works for me in solitude,
then a little more,
to face them both straight on
and not at an awkward angle.

This morning
when I see things as they were left,
it all seems right.

Too long
I put off inviting
until I got everything just so –
arranging, staging, positioning,
striving to copy some style seen on Pinterest
or the cover of a magazine.
It never did suit me.

It isn’t until I have people in
that the furniture tells me where it wants to go.

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About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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2 Responses to Having People In

  1. Katie says:

    Marilyn,
    Doggie looks so comfy:)
    LIKE your sun (?) room!
    I enjoy and appreciate your writing.
    Katie

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  2. “Having people in,” is better with a hostess who’s relaxed than one who is fretful over style and neatness. My brother tried to teach me that years ago, but I haven’t learned it perfectly. Even now I sometimes open the door wide eyed in alarm if someone arrives “early.” My goal is to embrace early-comers with a smile and care more for them than a completely mopped floor. I love thinking of furniture telling me where it wants to go and I love going to the home that is just like yours, with a friend at home in it!

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