A young woman looks through me. Her skin is smooth, her smile bright. Bubbles float up from the sink as she washes the last of the dishes and stares out at her children racing about the driveway on scooters and skates. She can hardly wait to join them. The daily chores and I are the only things that stand between parent and child. My rail and casing are strong and sure. My glass is clear and bright. I am the window above the kitchen sink that looks out into her world.
A sleepy woman looks through me. It is dark outside and shadowy trees move in the distance. Her entire world is under one roof, each child tucked safely in bed. Nothing in the dark calls to her. She wakes to check on her children and be certain of the security that wraps around her like a blanket. My locks are secure. My framework is strong. My family rests peacefully until I let the light back in.
A loving woman looks through me. She watches the early morning snow falling gently to the ground. She leans close and her warm breath meets my cold glass, painting it in a ghostly fog. She smiles and readies herself for a day full of sledding and snowball fights. That night, she will look through me again and see her children’s art, the snowmen that stand outside glistening in the moonlight. My view is good and is filled with love.
An older woman looks through me. She wipes a smudge from my pane and watches for the distant glow of headlights returning young drivers home. The clock counts the minutes until midnight as she continues to stare through me. Worry lines have replaced the smoothness of her skin. My frame has shifted and my blinds are faded in color. She pulls them taut as she keeps her midnight vigil until all children have returned home.
A lonely woman looks through me. With hands that are no longer steady she pushes and pulls at my lock. She is in search of fresh air. I creak and sigh and give way to the bindings that have secured me in place. Through my screen comes the smell of Gardenia, filling the room with memories of that which is no more. Her reflection has faded. Skin weathered and dry. Smile subdued. She watches for her children to return.
A young woman looks through me. It is a different smile and a different face. Standing where her mother had stood for so many years, she wipes my pane and secures my lock. Lights fade and empty rooms echo the sounds of departure. Both women, young and old, walk hand in hand towards the drive where they will leave together. In my panes are the reflections of a life well lived.
Written by M. Brodnax
Sep 14, 16
First Assignment, Creative Writing Class