Ah, “Mommy Time”. That glorious timeframe of about 2-3 hours that I get solely to myself every night after my daughter goes to sleep and before I myself turn in for the evening. Here I sit with a 7:30 PM cup of coffee, a cigarette, and my laptop. Blissful!.
Today’s post is going to veer off of the topic of single parenting (I think this blog will be a jumble of all things I love to talk about, with a few rant posts here and there.) and venture into what I’ve been dealing with for the past two months:
UNWANTED VISITS BY JEHOVAH WITNESSES. Repeatedly.
Now as a general rule, I don’t even bother answering the door for unexpected visitors. A knock on the door when I am not expecting anyone is met by an immediate check of my cell phone. If there is no calls or texts, I don’t bother. Rude? Possibly. Do I care? Not particularly.
One day, however, I was tending to a blind that had fallen down in one of the rooms in my home. As I’m attempting to reconstruct the blind back to the window, I see two well dressed, older women approaching my door. Seeing as they had undoubtedly seen me through the window, I reluctantly answered the door, with a cranky baby in my arms. Questioningly, I looked at the women and the sweet, old lady started in with something about “we’re concerned about young people today, and seeing as you are a mother I am sure you can relate to some of the concerns that our congregation shares.” Keep in mind that this was my very first encounter with anyone trying to push door to door religion, ever. I mumbled something about being busy with my child and having no time to talk. They handed me “The Watchtower” pamplets and the older woman asked if she could come back in a few months and maybe try to speak with me further then. Thinking in my head “oh, a few months? Whatever, I’ll totally remember to avoid the door.” I believe I (STUPIDLY) said something along the lines of “Of course, I wouldnt mind at all.”
…… These people have been hounding my door, several times a week ever since. I have answered a few times, as they usually ALWAYS end up showing up during naptime, and the knocking on my door (which they will relentlessly do for about five minutes every single time) never fails to wake up my sleeping child.
I’ve actually spent a good bit of the day googling “effective ways to nicely get Jehovahs Witnesses to leave you alone”. I’m quite bad with confrontations. Actually, I’m GREAT at them, when I have no issue with being a beeeyatch. But to strangers, espessially elder, freakishly nice strangers, I just cant bring myself to be harsh.
So… I either need to grow a backbone, or continue keeping my blinds shut and ignoring the door. As a Stay/Work at Home mother, the latter is not really a great option.
Have you ever had issues with unwanted visits with Jehovahs Witnesses? Has anything you’ve said to them been effective in stopping the unwanted visits? xx.