Saturday, October 24, 2015

Look Through any Window



Have you ever struggled to identify 
a scene from long-ago?  
Not a memory, exactly... more like an apparition.

 I'm thinking of a 1950's (televised) movie -- something akin to what we now call a Hallmark Classic:

Christmas eve, a poor boy shivers in his thin jacket.  On tip-toe, his bare fingers scrape a bit of frost from the window of a grand home.  Inside, his younger brothers and sisters are enjoying a festive holiday feast with their doting, newly-adoptive parents.

Unbenownst to the occupants, the brother raises one hand - then turns and slowly walks away in the snow.

At the time, I thought it the saddest story ever told.


Fast-forward a decade.  Or several ...

I'm not sure if it's human nature (or a character flaw!) but this time of year, when darkness dominates, I can't help but glance inside unshuttered windows along the way.

Don't get me wrong!  
I'm not one to lurk in the shadows.  
But, even a momentary glance leaves me feeling guilty.  What do I expect to see, anyway?





I recall another grand home that captured my fancy -- this on a fabled avenue in West Texas.  The 'silk stocking district', as my parents might say.
It seemed the home's occupants never cloistered themselves -- at least not their wonderfully-appointed formal living and dining rooms.

Dang, but my imagination used to run amok!  I visualized the family members, each looking as if he or she had been selected by a Madison Avenue maven.  It was only fitting.


What's odd?
For as long as I can remember, I've been all about closed drapes and sealed shutters.
I've mentioned this before, but have to chuckle at the irony of my father's admonition when he'd call home each eve:
"Are all the doors locked ... the curtains drawn?"
(This, in arguably the safest non-military township in the Nation!)   


Here's a pix of sis-in-law's den/sun room.
When we last visited it was all I could do to sit nicely watching TV after dark.
Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer.  "Aren't you concerned about someone on the other side of the glass, out there in the woods?"
I guess that hadn't occurred to her.  Theirs is, after all a gated community with 24-7 security patrols.

Still, it's not someplace you'd ever catch me in my ratty, mis-matched jammies!


Does being watched - even fleetingly - concern you?

Fright Night's looming ... stay safe, m'friends!


Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra







27 comments:

  1. I think someone told me that in the Netherlands people never shut their curtains cause it looks as if they have something to hide. Last time I went there I checked and certainly none of the curtains were drawn! I would mind being overlooked if I had any living rooms on the ground floor.

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  2. I think someone told me that in the Netherlands people never shut their curtains cause it looks as if they have something to hide. Last time I went there I checked and certainly none of the curtains were drawn! I would mind being overlooked if I had any living rooms on the ground floor.

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    1. How interesting! That reminds me when, many years ago, I visited family in Ohio ... and was astonished that neither they nor their neighbors back yards had 6' (privacy) fences as we're accustomed to. Their response was much the same: it looks as if we have something to hide!

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    1. Glad I could make you smile, Kim. Have a great day!

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  4. Yes, I do like the curtains drawn when it gets dark out, but I do remember taking walks at dusk looking in others windows when they turned the lights on. There were several homes on my walk that I loved and could just imagine my family living there. I'd always be home before it became really dark out and always made sure the drapes were drawn too.

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    1. Thanks, Ma! It makes me feel better, knowing other folks are drawn to look inside others' windows.

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  5. Now I'm wondering about that movie and why the brother didn't get adopted along with his siblings. So sad! When it is not hot outside, I like all the drapes open to get the light in and the sun to warm up the place a bit as to not have to run the heat as much. During summer we keep them closed to keep things cool. But definitely once it gets dark, they have to be closed. I too wouldn't want people looking in my windows (though I must confess I do people watch no matter how myself).

    We were down in Phoenix yesterday for a home inspection (we aren't getting it, too much work needs to be done) but as we were waiting for the inspector to do his work, we saw the lady across the street come out and walk her dogs, then come back, then leave for an errand and then come back. She was an older woman and I commented "one car" and then we put together this elaborate story of was she divorced or widowed? Had this been her home she raised her children because there was a basketball hoop there, etc. We either need a life or we are just too nosy :)

    betty

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    1. I know, right? About the olden movie, that is. I so wish I might remember the rest.
      Your mention of weaving a life story around that older woman make me smile all the way inside .... I used to do the very same thing, sometimes with people at the very next table! :)

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  6. When Tom was in the Navy, he enjoyed walking down the streets of Denmark evenings and viewing the ways the people decorated their colorful living rooms in their homes, especially at Christmas time when he was far from home & family. Must be a culture thing? I close my blinds after dark except at Christmas when the bright outdoor lights shine in my dining room!

    Mis-matched jammies? You...naw.

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    1. I never thought of it as being a cultural thing before reading these comments, but I expect you're right.
      I know it's been so many years ago, but my heart goes out to (your) Tom being alone in a foreign land at Christmas!

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  7. Methinks it is a ladies thing. Sherry stops every crack. I smile at culture differences. We walk the RV parks in the evenings. I really do not know if it is a Canadian thing or not, but the Canadians here tend to leave the front curtains open. Last night a lady was getting something from the fridge in her undies. Once at beautiful Lake Louise we were walking and a couple completely nude were watching TV.
    In Belmont we leave out curtains open to let the kids know we are up. we can be seen at our computers.
    Yes, I always pay attention as I walk.
    As has been mentioned, I love it at Christmas when windows are left open to show decorations.
    Thought provoking entry lady!!!

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    1. OMG ... that 'business' at Lake Louise just cracks me up! Did you quick-like throw your hands over Sherry's eyes? I'll never look at a Canadian in the same way again. (LOL)

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  8. I'm having trouble wth my computer keyboard, thanks to a broken key, which explains why this comment is late.

    I was always completely obsessed about keeping my window blinds closed and curtains drawn - especially at night. I worried about peeping Toms and serial killers.

    It wasn't until recently - when I moved to this remote TN forest - that I stopped relying on curtains and blinds. I love looking out at nature, and there's no one around here to peer in (except maybe Bigfoot). My kitchen windows face the vast emptiness of the woods. My bedroom window also faces nothing but trees and it's not on ground-level, it's high up.

    It's admittedly creepy and lonely here at night, but the only things that I've seen are owls and coyotes.

    I don't think I'd want all those open windows in your sis-in-law's sun room - even in a "gated" community. It's a bit TOO much.

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    1. I guess location makes all the difference!
      Where I might be installing motion-detector floods, you're allowing the coyotes and owls their dignity. Not much of that left these days ...

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  9. I never close my curtains or blinds; because, I don't see the need. I never walk around without clothes; so, what is there to hide. Just supposing someone is out there looking in, just what do they see? I do lock doors. Someone burgled our house one night while we were asleep. My teenage daughter had left the back door unlocked. So, I am super careful about locks.

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    1. You've a good point, Pudge. Love it when someone comes along and challenges my presumptions!

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  10. I have a large open bay window in my family room, but it only looks out to the backyard and we have a fence. I suppose peeping Toms could be peering over the fence, but I don't give it much thought. Having said that, if I'm in a room with an open blind or drape, yes, I can't wait to shut out the rest of the world, lest they be looking inside.

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    1. Your home -- what I've glimpsed on "A Collection" is truly lovely, Dayle. The view from your bay window must provide a true measure of comfort.

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  11. You would not be comfortable at my house then, Myra. I have to curtains in the reading room which has a beautiful, large bay window that faces the street. I have a wall of windows in the dining room that looks into the back yard. (No privacy fence either) And my wall of windows in the living room are only covered in sheers. I have never felt uncomfortable. I might someday when I am living here all alone. Richard always like the curtains open in the bedroom at night. If I walked in with little on I would always wave, just in case the neighbor was watching!

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    1. LOL ... I'll bet that 'wave' cracked Richard up every time!
      My mother was lots like you -- she always enjoyed letting in the sun and being able to observe going's on around the neighborhood.

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  12. We have two large sliding glass doors at the back of our house that are not covered. We have a view lot from up high and unless someone where to come into our yard no one can see in. I love the freedom of these open windows. I think it certainly depends on where I am living. I can surely understand the locked doors and curtains closed!

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    1. Wow. When I wrote this post I never stopped to consider everyone's personal preferences. You're sure right about one's locale and feeling secure!

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  13. I like my curtains closed at night, too cold in the winter months and too hot in the summer. I have sheers and curtains in our bedroom and the living room. I like those countries that leave their curtains open and I see a lot of people in new homes with no coverings on their windows today. I am not a fan simply because I do like privacy and crime seems to be everywhere. Just my thoughts but good for those that can feel safe and sound. Always something to think about here.

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  14. Of course! I missed the obvious -- crime. Sad, that it's everywhere.

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