Have you ever imagined what the world would be like, if there were no windows?
Windows let in light and air. They connect us to the world around us, even while we shelter in our familiar cocoons.
Windows show us beautiful views.
They can also show us brokenness, despair. This is not a bad thing. Windows (like books) open our eyes to new perspectives that we need to understand, teaching us empathy.
Windows gently encourage us to imagine things beyond ourselves. Brightening and darkening, they help us mark time. Open, they refresh with a cool breeze. Closed, they shut out a violent rainstorm.
Have you ever watched raindrops squash against the outside of window glass, smearing and straining but unable to dampen you?
Our own windows bring familiar views, day by day. When we travel, we might see almost anything from a window, especially if we peer out the window of a car or an airplane.
Windows demand quite a lot of upkeep, cleaning and maintenance. They are worth it.
I am thankful for windows.