Most of you will know I'm an atheist, and freely tell people so if the subject of religion comes up. Anyway, an interesting 'test' of my convictions arrived quite literally at my door this afternoon. Here's the story and the dilemma it has produced:
We have moved recently and about a week ago the Jehovah's Witnesses came to our door for the first time. Anyway, rather than getting the door closed as quickly as possible as is my usual response, I decided to counter their questions with challenging questions of my own (I was in the mood!). I played their game for about 10 minutes, being polite but firm in my position and explaining to them why they were wrong, using the full force of my intellect to pick holes in their position and approach. They were good though, and unsurprisingly neither side got very far. So after about 10-15 minutes of this, I drew the conversation to a close and respectfully requested they not knock on our door again. They agreed.
About an hour ago, I saw the same two men walk up to our door and was ready to rush downstairs to confront them about their broken promise (yippee I thought, an intellectual distraction!) but there was no knock and I saw them walk away again, so I figured they had posted some material through the letter box.
But no! They went one better! Having just gone outside to get something from the car, I've found the most beautiful wreath, replete with red berries, hanging from our door!
Now the wreath looked exceedingly handsome on our rather impressive green door -- the new abode is a large Georgian city-centre terrace with high steps up to the oversized door -- so it was with a touch of sadness that I had to remove it.
The question now is, what do I do with the wreath, and what will those kindly men think when they see it's not there? Do you think they'll knock on the door eventually to ask for it back?!