Principle 1: If your mother is still in her pajamas, or is in the shower, you should never answer the door.
Principle 1, corollary 1: If you forget Principle 1, you should still not try to get your mother to come to the door. You should definitely not try to explain to your mother that she shouldn’t mind answering the door in her pajamas.
Principle 1, corollary 2: You should never try to hand your mother the phone when she is in the shower.
You would think that these principles would be simple enough to be retained by even the most absent of minds. But, if the mind in question belongs to a child, you would be mistaken.
P.S. Cheryl, if you see this, I’m not at all saying you shouldn’t have knocked on my door, only that my kids should have checked with me before answering. Just like all those other times that they should have and didn’t.