Okay, so I had to share something that happened this morning, because it was so wacky...
Let me start by saying that we have a "No Soliciting" sign up. It actually says "No Soliciting--This includes politics, religion, salesmen, home improvement, and free estimates." I was wary about putting one up because I still want the girl scouts and sports teams to stop by our house, but during my first few weeks home with Lizzy, I was shocked at how often solicitors of some sort were ringing my doorbell. I got someone ringing the doorbell at least twice a day, and it was usually right when I finally got Lizzy to sleep. It got old...fast.
Also, I felt uncomfortable opening the door to random people when I was home alone, but also felt weird not answering the door when people could see me right through the front window (our house's big window is right by the front door, and through it you can see the living room, dining room, and part of the kitchen. Our house is also a CAVE unless the curtains are open, and people can see through the sheers).
Moving on...this morning, I was getting Lizzy dressed on the living room couch so that we could run out the door to my doctor's appointment, when I saw a huge van pull up. Two men in suits got out, and I knew that they were Jehovah Witnesses (I recognized one who had been to our house before the sign was put up). They walked right by the front window, and up to the door. They noticed the sign, and clearly weren't sure what to do. Often, even if there is a "no soliciting" sign up, people affiliated with various religions will still ring the doorbell since they figure they're not selling something. But our sign that specified religion apparently confused them.
They quickly walked back to the van, and got in. Two more people promptly got out of the van, came up to our front door, read the sign aloud, and then went back to the van. Then, all SEVEN people got out of the van, came up to our door, and proceeded to spend ten minutes debating about whether or not they could knock on my door.
One said that we had unfairly grouped religion with solicitors, and they were NOT solicitors, so they should still knock, because it wasn't their fault that we were confused about what a solicitor was. One said that our sign was awfully rude. Another said that even if they weren't technically solicitors, our lumping them in with solicitors made it pretty clear that we didn't want people from various religions knocking at our door. Seriously guys, they debated for a good 10-15 minutes, all the while standing on our porch.
Meanwhile, I am still in the living room, getting Lizzy dressed and getting our stuff together. I can see them through our window, they can see me. I can hear this entire wacky conversation. Maybe they were hoping that if they stayed on my porch talking long enough that I'd open the door, but I SO did not have time for that...I was cutting it close time wise as it was.
Eventually, they decided that they should not knock on my door, and returned back to the van....AND DROVE AWAY. They didn't go to any of the other houses in the neighborhood! Apparently, they came just for us. So weird!