Product Reviews for Moms
Seriously! I am sitting at my desk trying to work and this young lady in her early 20′s strolls up to my house and rings the doorbell. I can see her from my office. I don’t recognize her and she is hauling a clipboard. I am guessing that she is probably selling something. I am too busy to deal with a solicitor, so I ignore the doorbell. She rings it again. I continue to ignore it. Finally, she starts banging on the door. You would think after 3 rounds with the doorbell I am REALLY either not interested or not home. She begins to bang on the door… hard. I ignore it until she does it the third time.
I stomp to the door. She has to hear my footsteps, as I am fuming by now. I throw open the door and my cat goes darting out. She just stands there staring while I retrieve the run-away kitten. If I don’t catch him, I could face a fine in my neighborhood. He doesn’t want to be caught, so I end up with scratches.
While I am wrestling with the cat, the “conversation” goes something like this:
Her: “Are you the mom of the house?”
Me :”Just tell me what you are selling.”
Her: “I am the neighborhood book lady and I sell children’s books.” It’s clear she’s not from MY neighborhood, she’s not MY neighborhood’s book lady.
Me: “My kids have outgrown children’s books.” I begin to shut the door as the cat almost made it out again and I am obviously not interested.
Her: (Grabs the screen door to keep me from closing it.) “Can you tell me which ones of these people are empty nesters so I don’t waste my time?”
Me: I am still fighting with a restless kitten that scratches the mess out of me trying to get to the door. At this point, I could care less about HER time. She obviously doesn’t care about mine. However, my next door neighbor is gravely ill and on hospice. I don’t want them troubled. The rest of them are not at home or have no children. I do tell her to avoid the house will the sick neighbor, but tell her I don’t know what my neighbors would be interested in.
Her: (Pressing the issue) “You don’t which of your neighbors have small children?”
Me: My kids are too old to play with small children, so, as I said, you will just have to ask them yourself – and I promptly get scratched… again.
This girl just couldn’t take a hint and, by this point, I would not buy water from her if I was on fire!
Now, my family loves scouts. I will buy girl scout cookies all day long – and have bought them from more than one girl in a season. In fact, my own daughter is a scout. Last year, we bought over $100 worth of cookies from her – and then still bought from each of the scouts that visited us. I gave them away on the site. I also buy Christmas wreaths from the boy scouts. My own kids are in school, so I don’t buy all the school sales stuff unless I get it from them. If a politician comes to my door, he or she just lost my vote (if they had it to begin with). I don’t donate to door-to-door charities. I give through local charities I am familiar with and the only people I talk religion with is my friends or family. In short, if you are a solicitor, I don’t need what your selling (unless you are selling cookies or wreaths for the scouts.)
At any rate, I went through the effort to print up a sign for my front door. I thought I would share it with like-minded people. You can either click on the picture above, or download it from right here. Enjoy – and hopefully, it will stave off the solicitors!
I am a WAHM of four kids. A Florida transplant to Minnesota (yes, I did that backwards), I enjoy time with my family. I love to try new products and sharing my opinion of them. We are all gamers in our family and love computers, Xbox and all things electronic.