We have some wonderfully generous friends who invite us to their home for food a lot.
Usually it's a mixed hosting-potluck situation, often lots of people hanging outdoors or in the living room, and going in the kitchen to fill their plates.
Last time we were there, we were all in the main room, when someone glanced in the kitchen and stage-whispered (loud enough for me to hear it without eavesdropping, but not conversational volume), "Hostess, there's a rat in your kitchen."
She rolled her eyes, glanced through the doorway and did nothing when she didn't see the rat herself.
Now, we're invited to a cooking and dining event at their home again. They're charging a small fee for materials (which will probably come from their farm) and bringing in an instructor.
I am pretty tolerant of unkempt homes (most of their home is quite clean but also full of stuff; the kitchen is never spotless but doesn't scream "rodent den!"), but rats freak me out to an irrational degree. If I had actually seen the rat, I would have found an excuse to leave.
I will be returning to their house frequently in the future, as they host weekly events (with snacks) I'm 100 percent obligated to attend, but something about a cooking class a week after spotting a rat is pushing me toward the edge.
Fellow rats-make-us-squeamish types, would you go?
People who are used to rats, would you?
If I do go and do spot a rat (and wish to leave), how do I do so politely? Do I point out the rat at any point?