Wednesday, May 10, 2006

More than feet touch the floor

A couple of months ago I invited some friends over for dinner. There was still a lot of snow on the ground from a significant snowfall we had a few days earlier. Shoes came off at the door out of courtesy and habit. We ate dinner at the kitchen table (alas! I have no dining room in my apartment) and then adjourned to the living room for a little social time. We watched a movie together and then one friend and I decided to play on the X-box for a little while. We sat on the floor to do that. I remember thinking how embarrassing it was to have a guest sitting on my dirty carpet. The shoes may have been off then, but they had not always been in the past, and the carpet shows it. I doubt that my friend really thought about it, but it was not a pleasant thought for me. If feet were the only thing that ever touched the floor, dirty carpets might not bother me so much, but they aren't. When one sits on the floor, hands end up on the floor, too. Dirt from the floor can come off on clothes as well. I will now ask my guests to remove their shoes for the sake of my guests who sit on the floor. It will help me be a hostess with a good conscience.

17 comments:

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Very good point.

In countries where people sit on the floor a lot, sheos always come off.

Good for you, Angie!

God Bless

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thank you, Matthew.

Redeemed said...

You were destined to be a shoes-off hostess! Good post, Angie.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Predestinated.

It is thrilling to read your enthusiasm, Angie- and Sarah's too.

God Bless

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Yes, I suppose the Spirit was moving to prepare me to hear the shoes-off message so that when I heard it I could accept it.

I am still being "sanctified" and have moments where I falter - yesterday I came into my apartment and went into the kitchen to put some groceries down and forgot to take off my shoes in my haste to go back outside to catch the UPS guy. I also had some flip flops that were going to be indoor only that I forgot to change on my way out the door. Now they are the quick trip outside shoes. Good thing I bought two pair and have another to designate for indoors only.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I falter too, sometimes. I sometimes go out to the dustbin in my indoor slippers. If my mother wants help with the shopping, she expects me out of the house in an instant.

I wonder if John F MacArthur would mind removing his shoes? I do not know how old he is, but I would probably not ask an elderly person to remove their shoes. It might be awkward for them physically.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

MacArthur is, if I am not mistaken, in his upper 60s or possibly 70 by now. He has had some health problems in the past, including one nearly fatal incident involving some kind of infection, I think. He is healthy enough to golf somewhat regularly, however. Ooooh! I was right! He was born in 1939 (I checked in one of the books I have of his that I have never read).

I have thought about elderly people or really obese people or anybody else who has mobility issues. One could always keep a folding chair handy. Even then it might be a bit odd to ask. I think I would opt to extend grace in that case.

I do wonder about my parents and how I might ask them. My dad is rather tall and has quite a ways to go to get to his shoes, although he loves to not wear shoes indoors. My mom (who happens to be quite short) is very rarely without shoes on, but she tends to change her shoes a few times throughout the day. In either case I would probably offer to let them sit in a nearby chair to remove their shoes.

Redeemed said...

Awe, thanks Matthew. That's nice of you.

Well, since we are confessing....I always tend to forget something in my room right before leaving the house. When I'm not in a rush, it's not so bad to take them off and have to put them back again.

But since I don't drive to work and take the train, I often have to catch a bus (a 3 minute ride to the train). I'll just hop my way back to my room, feeling very guilty of course. Luckily it's just a small apartment.

I feel much better now that I have confessed. I guess there's alway room for improvement.

Redeemed said...

Angie, I forgot to tell you. Love the title, cute, funny....lol.

Good one!

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thanks, Sarah. Would you like me to step into the confessional and offer you absolution? ;)

Carey said...

I like sitting on the floor. My family thinks I'm weird because of my sparse use of furniture. What I really like is sitting on the floor and eating out of a communal food dish - Matthew's worst nightmare, I'm sure. I should have been born in a culture where this is acceptable. No chairs + One big food dish + Lots of laughter and conversation = FUN.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I would not mind that too much. Sitting on the floor is fine, anyway.

Lots of cultures do those things.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Carey, my family loves to share food. It is quite customary for us to order dessert after a meal and ask for one or two dessert items and several spoons or forks. It is also great fun to eat at a Moroccan restaurant - they will serve one big dish in the center of the table, and you sit at very low tables on cushions or short stools. Great food, too. (Most of them have belly dancers for entertainment.) It's rather expensive, but a fun treat from time to time.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

There are some ethnic restaurants (Turkish, Thai, Japanese, and probably Moroccan) where guests are required to remove their shoes before sitting on the floor or on cushions. They are not very common; I have never been in such a restaurant.

I went with a group of Christians once to a cafe in York that had a Moroccan-style room with cushions, but the waitress did not ask us to remove our shoes. I hope the guests before us had not been walking in anything nasty.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

H K Flynn said...

Very logical post Angie!

I recently cleaned my carpets with the steam cleaner my parents gave me when they got rid or their carpet for the fake wood that I forget the name of. (??) Anyway it cleaned up better than I thought it would :)

I need to buy my husband some better house shoes, though, to keep it nice.

God bless

Jodie

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jodie! I wish I could have my carpet steam cleaned. It needs it!

Is the fake wood flooring laminate? My parents have that stuff in their kitchen and really nice hardwood in most of the house.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jodie, it is good to see you.

I am glad to hear you are looking after your carpet.

God Bless

Matthew