As a child I remember my mother opening the front door of our house first thing in the morning. It has been instilled in me since to open our front door as soon as I get my coffee started, allowing the morning light to brighten up the darkness of our home. I have a love affair of sorts with screen doors.
It wasn't until this afternoon that I really analyzed why the symbolism of opening our front door is so special to me, or why I keep up the practice. As I stare out into our yard, pondering, I guess I'll share the significance with all of you.
I'm certain the comfort of such a habit can be traced back as far as Virgie Lambdin. I wear a gold cuff bracelet that displays her name as well as my other grandparent's names on my left wrist nearly every day. She wore polyester dresses and cotton aprons for the greater part of my childhood. She seldom had a bad word to say about anyone, and she loved to cook, it was her way of showing her love for her family and guests. I can't remember a visit to Lot Mud Creek when the weather was warm that she didn't have both of her screen doors latched and the doors of her home open.
My Mammaw left the doors of her home open so that others could enter in knowing they were welcome. Regardless what darkness or strife had encamped the rooms and walls within the night before each new morning ushered in new light and a fresh start.
So -- I will open my doors, every single morning before the frost sets in, just as my grandmother did, just as my mother still does, because I want to my home to be open to others. I want to see the light of a new day spill onto the floors of my home reminding and reassuring me that each day is a blessing regardless what the previous evening had in store.
Something as simple as looking out through the screen of a front door can change your entire mood. I feel certain in my heart, its best to let the unfiltered light of a new day, a lazy afternoon, or a dusky evening reach the walls of a quiet home, rather than allow them to be confined to the dark.
I'm grateful I can carry out something so small, yet so meaningful. Do yourself a favor, open your screen door this morning and let some light in. Virgie made it a point to do so, Phyllis still does, and I plan on following suit.
Erinn Williams is originally from Williamsburg, and now resides in Owensboro, Ky. The daughter of a teacher and a preacher, she hopes to make a difference through her words. She serves as a teacher's assistant in Daviess County, and writes for two newspapers in Western Kentucky. She can be contacted at email@example.com.