- dōr, noun - A hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance
to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard.
Window - win·doh, noun - An opening in the wall or roof
of a building or vehicle that is fitted with glass or other
transparent material in a frame to admit light or air and allow people
to see out.
about doors and windows that fascinate many of us? Especially artists
small, colorful, antique, new, arched, stained, and paned, it seems
that they beg to be opened -- to learn about what might be behind
them, what stories they may tell?. History, culture, experiences and
tales, lurk behind. Sometimes, doors and windows are full of patterns,
textures, and designs -- so much so, that many are art forms, in and
message to be contemplated in whether they are open or closed. Do they
welcome in the breeze and visitors, or lock out something unknown?
Some are huge and some are intimidating, some are small and just
there. But, for many of us, they are so intriguing and fascinating, we
just have to perpetuate their image.
that children seem to also be fascinated with doors and windows?
Especially doors -- "let me see", pulling things out of cabinets;
opening, closing, and slamming? Getting into them -- finding a
opinion, they "tell" us something more than just history, etc. and the
"something" is, most likely, about ourselves. I have always had a
problem with closing cabinet doors, so much so, that my daughter
complained about it from a young age. I asked a Shrink, who said that
my "problem" was that I just never wanted to "shut doors behind me."
folks have said it far better. It seems that writers are also
fascinated with windows:
Tree at my Window
Tree at my window, window tree,
My sash is lowered when night comes on;
But let there never be curtain drawn
Between you and me.
door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so
regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has
opened for us." -- Alexander Graham Bell
often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open." -- John
the door will be opened for you." -- Jesus Christ
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.
"There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go -- if
there are no doors or windows -- he walks through a wall." — Bernard
"I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the
windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint
my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on
clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books
so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God
belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift." --
"I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with
the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my
walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white
sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make
me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that
he gave life to someone who loves the gift."
-- Shauna Niequist