I think we need to be working damn hard to make those people feel welcome...if they will let us.
Yes & yes, if
they'll let us.
Lots of them will!
This is off track, but I am having a crisis of conscience with my delightful Muslim neighbours.
They are a young couple...very traditional, at least in regard to female dress. The woman wears the whole clobber...except you do see her eyes...she doesn't have that awful net thing over her eyes.
I went out of my way to welcome them. This is a very racially mixed apartment building...but they are the only folk I have seen where the woman wears the full dress thing.
They can actually see into my apartment! And I into theirs, of course...but less so. Their western window looks into my huge northern windows.... Most occupants of that apartment have kindly kept the crucial blind shut, and I have enjoyed complete privacy.
These folk love the window open...which I find utterly infuriating, but I digress.
This lovely couple have responded to my welcome, predictably enough, by wanting to make friends.
They began the dreaded drop-in!!!
I HATE the drop-in!!!
a. I get into my daggiest t shirt or somesuch as soon as I get home...or, in the heat, into...well, nothing. I am so not fit for visitors!
b. I am STUFFED when I get home. I don't WANT human interaction.
I don't want to be rude, so I find myself creeping around the place, with the blinds drawn, hoping to escape detection.
I am gonna have to work this thing out...but I am not sure how.