The other night, Pedro came by for a visit and HE CALLED AHEAD TO LET US KNOW HE WAS COMING! No minor miracle there. I'll never forget my parents telling me: You can't just show up unannounced. We might be ___ ____ on the living room rug. You need to call ahead.
For some reason, that vivid and uncomfortable image served as a powerful reminder of their rule. Now we have the same rule, minus the mental images.