Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Slam the Door Please!

 photo courtesy of this blog

In my mind there is a certain romance in the idea of a home with a screened door that looks out into a lush green garden or out onto a wide front porch or even out onto a busy sidewalk.

photo courtesy of this blog

A door like this seems to say, "Welcome. Come on in. I'm happy to see you." 

Imagine standing behind the screen watching children running happily through the sprinkler on a lazy summer afternoon or slipping out into the backyard through the door to check clothes on the line for dryness.


If you have no problem imagining life from behind a wooden screen door, then you will understand why I had to tear this page from my copy of Summer Cottage magazine and pin it to the wall of my cubicle.

Every time I look up and see this photo I mentally step through the door. I hear the creak of the door opening and the sharp slam of it as it swings shut.  I step from the world of work straight into a world where time slows down, where children can be heard laughing and yelling, where wet clothes flap in balmy breezes, where a neighbor stands to ask if I'd like to come over and chat with her on her porch.

 Life happens on the other side of a screened door.

19 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love that beautiful yellow cottage. My youngest son works for a a Silicon Valley high tech company in a well paying job that he hates. His BS is in kinesiology and he has an AS in fire technology. He wanted to be a fire fighter and he was an athlete - a high school football player and a division one college decathlete. He HATES being in "a carpeted cubicle." I think I'll tell him to hang some nice pictures to distract him...like his travel shots to Cinque de Terre in Italy and his visits to Switzerland. He did get a five gallon fish tank for his desk.

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  2. Good one Steph. Yes, doorways of our minds can open to show us things that are real or imaginary, as you say. They can excite us for adventures, relaxation or just scenery that gives emotional joy - Dave

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  3. I would love to have a cheerful yellow screen door and my house painted that luscious blue green! You chose the perfect photo for your cubicle, Stephanie... it's a great door to hang your apron of work on and escape through, if only for a bit.

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  4. And as someone standing on the outside looking in I would be intrigued to enter and enjoy the joyful soul that resides behind such a welcoming sight.

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  5. I wanted to put a screen door in place of our bedroom door .. long story .. but Toonman said it couldnt work ... sigh

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  6. I always think of screen doors being very American! In fact you rarely see them here, but they are such a great idea.

    I love doors and gates and arches. In fact I have a post on ancient wooden doors that I must put on my blog soon...

    Jeanne
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  7. I love the sound of a screen door! We have one and it's one of those old fashioned sounds of summer. Same thing with those pulsating sprinklers and lawn mowers. We still have our windows shut up here, though! Soon it will be warm, I just know it!

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  8. i love and miss screen doors - there was many a day that we had the doors open and the screen door locked to let the fresh air inside.

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  9. You've captured the very essence of one of my fondest childhood memories which resides among many, where summers were spent at a cottage out in the country, north of Montreal. It's that precise creak of the spring and slam of the door that brings me back there. I love screen doors.

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  10. lovely yellow door! it says summer and happy and welcome so well!

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  11. This is my third attempt at leaving a comment. Let's hope three times a charm or however that saying goes! We have two screen doors, love them. I had to convince my husband to put them on the house. He noticed the difference the first night we left could leave the front door open and the breeze came right through the screen! There is something about a screen door! Now, you asked about the biscuits. They have a firm(not hard) outside shell and the inside is very light. You get a hint of the anise flavoring. They are not sweet and sort of boring if you do not ice them. It is the icing that makes them! They are big here in Rhode Island! It would not be Easter without them. Everyone has their own secret family recipe! Rice pie is also a big Easter treat!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    denise

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  12. I have fond memories of the old wooden screen door at the back of my grandparents' house slamming shut in the summer. We actually had one on the front door at the manor when we first moved in, but removed it, since it was a bit on the ugly side, and hid the lovely door.

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  13. The screens aren't in yet but we have wooden screen doors on our porch...This biggest challenge with them is keeping the dog and cat from pushing right through them...at that point they no longer keep out the mosquitoes:) I still love the sound of the doors slamming shut...so much nicer than the screechy sound of the sliding door in the kitchen...

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  14. Beautifully said. Sadly, modern screen doors are no longer made of wood, but they still let in the breeze and laughter.

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  15. I must have screen doors on all my doors. We are open door people (when it's not too hot or too cold).

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  16. Dennis the Menace was always told not to slam that door.I think I would like to have a wooden one just to rehear memories of running back and forth as a child.

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  17. Yep. There's a coincidental bit of this in my post too... the old screen door that creaks open and bangs shut on its spring. I'll just say this: I know.

    Congratulations on your potw.

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  18. congrats on the potw,
    and I love what you say here..

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  19. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and bringing back those fond childhood memories!

    Congrats on POTW!

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