What is your household expectation regarding closed doors? When I come across a closed door, I assume there is a person on the other side seeking privacy. When Blondie sees a closed door, though, he assumes there's something interesting happening on the other side and he wants to investigate. We disagree about what a closed door means. I knock, Blondie barges. According to Blondie, if you want privacy, you have to lock the door.
Last night I needed to do some last minute Christmas shopping, so I went in the computer room and closed the door to browse Amazon. Blondie was working on the floor in our bedroom, so I didn't think I would be interrupted. I was right in the middle of my shopping when Blondie barged in. I felt like a teenage boy caught with a naughty magazine! I tried to close my browser quickly, but it was too late.
There is no lock on our computer room door, and I probably wouldn't have locked it anyway. I just assume people know you're not supposed to fling open a closed door. Does it matter which room? Would you enter a bathroom if the door was closed? When I leave the bathroom I always leave the door open as a signal that the facilities are available. When I see a bathroom door closed, I assume someone is in there. Blondie often leaves the door closed...and the fan on.
Now Blondie understands why you should knock before entering. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." For everyone who barges through closed doors gets no surprises for Christmas!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011