Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

A Wide Window

on April 2, 2020

This morning I ate breakfast and read the newspaper as I do every day. The updates on the devastation of the coronavirus were even worse than yesterday. I acknowledged to myself that I am filled with fear about what life will be like when the scourge has passed for however many of us make it through.

I was looking out of my long living room window. The view below of trees, plants, patio chairs and tables and the bright blue pool brought me a measure of peace. The window is what sold me on this apartment when I moved here seven years ago to live close to my family. Now so much is uncertain.

As I sat looking out my window I thought of how I would write about open possibilities. I remembered my mother’s response to the Great Depression. There came a week when my dad’s paycheck wouldn’t cover a whole week’s supply of groceries. None of us children were born so there was only the two of them to feed. My mother always had a mischievous spirit. She decided that if there was not enough money to buy groceries for the week she would buy a steak and they would have one glorious meal. I have told myself this story over the years when things got tough. It makes me happy every time.

12 responses to “A Wide Window

  1. Bill Bisgood says:

    A touching piece.

  2. A tough time for all of us for sure but what a lovely memory of your mum to get you through . x

  3. Dale says:

    What a lovely share, Ina.
    In times likes these we can look back and bring up fond memories, we can choose to focus on the good…

    • vivachange77 says:

      And even better there are unexpected moments of connecting with another person. I was on the phone with someone from AOL signing up for identity protection when I heard a dog barking in the background. I asked the young man if he was working from home. He said yes and he had two dogs but only one barked. I told him my sons were working from home with various children and dogs around. We both laughed. A wonderfuil exchange.

  4. That is a courageous and joyful way to approach an uncertain time, we could all learn something from it.

  5. vivachange77 says:

    This is one of my favorite memories of my mother. Thanks for your affirmation.

  6. Resa says:

    It’s a wonderful story!

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