The hurricane shutters went up yesterday afternoon at the research institute. They are metal shutters that go up along the harbor side of the building. Every day for all these years I've looked out my window to see boats going by, rainbows, sunsets, the bridge, the city, birds, and otters playing in the marsh. I've appreciated that view but never to the extent that I realized until it was blocked by the metal shutters.
It's odd how I have become used to looking out those big windows and taken for granted that view would always be there. Even though it's only temporary, not having the light come through the windows makes it feel gloomy. So today I think that I'm going to print out a few photos of the harbor and paste them on the window. I may not have a panorama but at least symbolically I'll have a few 9 x 12 reminders of what I usually see.
Today I'm grateful for:
- Having a room with a view for so many years
- Hannah being just a strong gust of wind rather than a big bag of wind
- Getting a good night's sleep without any worries
- Small kindnesses that come along without any clues as to why
- Loving life and living with love