I figured staying at my family farm for the week would be a great inspiration for this blog and it is because the best thing just happened to me: A drop-in. What’s that you say? A drop-in, also known as stopping by, is when a person simply decides to come on over for a visit. No calls, no tweets, no Facebook messages, no warnings.
This doesn’t happen in the city or at least it has never happened to me. We live in a technological age so there really is no reason why someone would not give you a heads up before they come over. In the country, it is just a matter of driving past someone’s house and thinking “hey, wonder what they are up to?”
If someone showed up on my doorstep in the city, unannounced, I would probably think there was something seriously wrong or they are going to try and kill me. Even if someone just happens to drive by, they always call me first to say “I’m in the area and will be at your house in a minute or so.”
So here I am, at the Farmhouse, making brunch and having a cup of tea. The dogs start barking and I think my classic country thought, “who’s here?” I look out the window to see a white truck coming down the driveway. I have untamed hair, unbrushed teeth, unwashed face and am not wearing a bra, and yes it was close to noon. I put on a sweater to at least hide the lack of bra and open the door to find a friend. We then preceded to have a five minute conversation.
And this happens all the time. The dogs start barking and instantly we think someone is here. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is or if it is the weekend or not, people just stop by. It could be anyone, from your best friend to your neighbour to your cousin’s wife’s dad, and I think farmers’ enjoy it. It gives them a chance to have a break and a quick bullshit with their buddies, then it is back to work… that is until the next drop-in happens. It finally makes sense to me why my grandma always had homemade apple pie in her freezer because you honestly never know when someone might simply come on over for a visit.
Should we bring the drop-in visit back? Do you enjoy it when people stop by for no reason at all?