“I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.”

In the den, where I spend so much time, is the window to my world. From that window I can see a part of the deck and the backyard. At night the lights on the topiary in the corner of the deck and the lights in the back yard on the bottle tree easily draw my eyes. Both brighten the darkness. During the morning, especially this time of morning, I can see the sun shining through the leaves of the oak tree. In the summer the whole tree seems to sparkle in the light. Now, the lower branches closest to the deck are in shadow. The sun has changed position.

I am a window person. When I travel, I take pictures of windows. Mostly I take pictures from inside looking out and imagine the people who lived there looking out those same windows. In some places, the views have changed over time but in other places the views are exactly the same. I remember the view from the window on the landing in Dickens’ house. I imagined him stopping for just a moment to look out that window as he was going down the stairs, and I was thrilled to think I was standing where Dickens used to stand. Some Inca and I shared the same view from a house in Macchu Picchu. At Versailles I figured the king might have watched from the front window where I stood.

Doors have never interested me. It is the transparency of windows which draws me. I look out and watch the snow fall. I hear and see the rain as it pelts the glass. My garden in the summer is an array of colors, and I can admire it from the front windows. Doors keep the world away. Windows draw us in and sometimes draw us out.

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22 Comments on ““I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I think I’m more of a door person. Yes I do look out windows but doors intrigue me. What’s behind that door? Doesn’t matter if it is an expensive or cheap house, one never knows what’s behind it.

    I love looking out the window on trains but I’m even more interested to figure out what people around me might be like by stúdying them, not so they can see it though 🙂 I’m not sure they would like that at all 🙂 🙂

    My brother and I was always late when we visited places in and around Paris, so I never got inside the Versailles 🙂 But I did walk around in the park wondering if Antoinette had walked there too 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      I don’t have to imagine what is behind the window-I can see it. On trains rides at night, I love seeing people in their houses.

      When I first get on a long train ride, I check out the other passengers, but as we go along, I lose interest.

      That’s what I do, wonder if the historic people and I have walked in the same spot.

      Have a wonderful evening.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Times change. Nowadays the computer display is more a window to the world than real windows. The world is bigger now.
    I love to take photos of church windows. If the light outside is appropriate, sometimes it’s magic, but difficult to capture in a picture.

    • Birgit,
      The windows still draw me when I’m traveling. I never lost interest looking out the car window in Ghana or out train windows in Europe. I even love the plane windows. I’ve seen the Alps, the Andes and the Sahara from the plane. Wonderful views.

      Stain glass windows are glorious with the sun streaming through them.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m a window person, too. My bed is pushed up longways against the back window so that I can look out on the walnut branches all around. It’s like being in a tree house.
    If I moved, it would be to a small one bedroom house. I have seen many that would be fine except that the windows are too small and too few. My tiny dream house would be on my present piece of land and it would have brick windows and glass walls so that I would feel as if I were in an endless space of light.
    And I guess I would have to get dressed in front of a window. 🙂

    Sunny and warm up here today. Black walnuts are falling down all around like tiny bombs. They smell wonderful, though.
    Enjoy the day!

    • Hi Caryn,
      I have always wanted to live in a tree house. If I had stronger trees in my yard, I’d build one, but scrub pine just don’t work so I’ll just have to imagine the deck is one.

      I’d also be happy with a house jutting out into the ocean. I’d fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to the sounds of the birds.

      Sunny and warm here as well.

      Hope you and Rocky had a wonderful day!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Crikey… 🙂

  5. Bob Says:

    I am both a window and a door person. I enjoy looking out windows. When I fly I love sitting next to a window where I can see the ground. Unfortunately, on long international flights I choose an isle seat to have easy access to the rest room. It’s a middle age male thing. I like looking out of the window in the rear doors of a Boeing 747. It’s the only time I have ever seen the contrail of an airplane I was flying. Whenever I walk through a door I am traveling to a new place or a new experience in a familiar place. Also, I believe that one door closes another opens, you just have to pay close attention to find the next open door.

    • Bob,
      I’m with you in liking the window so I can see the ground. I love the patterns I can see from the air.

      On the last few flights, I had the window seat but it wasn’t coach so it was easy to get in and out and the bathroom was close. I hate climbing over people.

      Door do have the possibility of opening onto something new or something familiar seen in a different way.

      • Bob Says:

        It’s always great when the Yankees get swept in a post season series. How many World Championships should the gods of baseball award to the Bronx Bombers. However, the two National league teams are the World Champions for the last two years. Both the Cards or the Giants will be hard to beat. I think the National League won the All Star game and get home field advantage in the World Series which means no DH for four of the seven games if it goes the distance.

        I for one will have to root for either the Giants or the Cards since I am, at heart, a fan of the NL. As a Ranger fan and both a former Dodger and Mets fan it’s wait until next year again.

  6. Bob,
    I am an American League fan and know very little about the National League though I did know the winner of the All-Star Game gets home advantage, and it has been the NL of late.

    I agree the Yankees have had more than their allotted share!

    • Hedley Says:

      And Katmah, next weekend I will be looking out of the window of the suite watching the WORLD SERIES…
      Another beer ? Shall I go outside and sit on the balcony ? A week to get ready to watch Verlander, Cabrera, Fielder and the gang


  7. sprite Says:

    I love windows, but as a below-ground city dweller, my enjoyment often comes from the other side. Yes, that’s right: I’m an unapologetic window peeper. I love the little glimpses of domestic life you catch as you pass by homes — pets, decorations, a well-placed table — walking from one destination to the next.

    • katry Says:

      I’m with you in peeping through windows but usually it’s when I’m on a bus or a train. Not much to see walking around here: many houses just summer places.

      I love seeing how people live, how they decorate and even what’s on TV.

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