It looked like it was going to be one of those days.
The morning walk around the block seemed to hint of it. A little mist rising from the stones … And more noise than one would expect from the neighborhood.
To chance it?
Why not! A quick step over the curb and the deed was done.
Where to? I never can tell anymore. Things change so quickly it makes my head spin! But a walk to the east is always nice as the sun does its morning yawn … Greeting yet another day … As if today was just another day!
Crossing Amsterdam … Seeing the church again brought back memories … It has been so long since I had been inside … Perhaps a detour should be made … Though when you’re not sure where you are heading … Is it really a detour?
In the October sun the stone seemed both warm and cold … The place had that quality about it … Always at odds with itself it would seem … Perhaps that’s why I liked it!
Up the steps and thru the side door … Not wanting to be seen … Almost!
I never felt comfortable with the front entrance … Leaving through the great doors … No problem … But entering?
Some things are just not done.
The stone of the place has a way of isolating things … Yet somehow keeping them connected … Through the stone. The sun and the warmth in summer never seemed to be able to get in … Though it tried as the colors from the stained glass chased each other across the walls and floor. The city too seemed kept out … It was always easy to forget it was waiting on the other side of those walls. But sounds snuck in and meandered about the place … A siren coming or going … Or it’s echo …it was hard to tell … Barely noticed, then gone … Like so many other things!
Perhaps it was … just one of those days.
You only get 365 you see … One of each. To be spent as you wish … But only once … And then … Well … No one knows.
I still have most of mine … So today did not feel like squandering … But I did not want to waste it.
Around the cathedral a few more times … chasing echoes I suppose … and then back to the sun and what was left of life.
Copyright Greg Hanawalt 10/21/2014