As I stepped out of the shower this morning, I heard a knock at my front door: a delivery man with a parcel I’d been expecting. The timing of the knock, though, threw me into a frenzy of indecision. How naked was too naked to answer the door? I had a towel around me; technically that covered all the bits that needed covering. On the other hand, that doesn’t count as being dressed, therefore it’s naked. Perhaps a dressing gown? More modest, but I would still know I had nothing underneath, even if the delivery man couldn’t tell.
Oddly enough, I think I would have felt comfortable in just the towel, if it weren’t for anxiety about how he might react to that. One never knows how another person will take something, and it might have horribly embarrassed him to see a strange woman in nothing but a towel. It’s the sort of thing you expect on a fine day at the beach, but seems totally out of place on a cold wet day during the course of your normal job!
Eventually, dithering throughout, I yelled through the door to give me a second. I got dressed in lightening speed, ran back to the door, opened it… and he was gone, leaving only the parcel and my back-to-front t-shirt to show he’d ever been.
So I’m interested to know your thoughts. What would you do? Is there an etiquette for these scenarios? Exactly how naked is too naked between strangers?