“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” ― Pablo Picasso

Our cottage has two doors, one in front and the other along the side. A key unlocks the side door there is no key for the front door. The front door faces the lake and I’ve spent many a morning sipping coffee talking to grandma, B’s mom, or sipped coffee alone and thought of the times we shared our morning coffee. Lately, it’s been only Ivy and me. Ivy curls up on the footstool leaving barely enough room for my feet and gazes out over the front yard as I enjoy my morning coffee. She keeps an eye open for ducks in summer and deer in winter.

the front door and the view over the lake
the front door and the view over the lake

In the afternoon, the doors open to yard and the sounds of play, wind, and the lake.

I’ve seen every season through that door and it’s held back every season, too. It’s kept the cold and snow out and allowed the sunshine in to bring us light. I’ve watched the sunset in the evening and the sun creep across the yard from behind the house each morning.

W on the fourth of July in 2001 - my he's grown and the doors have remained the same....
W on the Fourth of July in 2001 – my he’s grown and the doors have remained the same….

Yet, not all doors are physical. Sometimes doors are barriers keeping us from exercising our free will and then, there are those that declare our freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Today is Independence Day for Americans. It was written at a time when freedom was narrowly defined, over time those freedoms have broadened and been made more accessible. Yet, not all men and women have the same freedoms and doors exist to hold back freedom and liberty to some in our great nation.

May we continue to open doors to extend freedom to mankind and maintain….

……….that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Declaration of Independence


Happy Independence Day – let Freedom ring. Today is gonna be a great day. I know it and I can feel it. So, I had better get up, get moving and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, and one door at a time.

What doors have appeared in your life?

Thursday evening's sunset taken from the back of the pontoon boat
Thursday evening’s sunset taken from the back of the pontoon boat

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge at – Door. For this week’s challenge, publish a new post with a photo of a door (or multiple doors!). Consider how color affects the image, but also think about size, shape, texture, and details — how might these elements add up to tell a story?

8 thoughts on “Door

    1. Thank you. Freedom is a progression and requires a great deal of work, patience, practice, and tolerance. True freedom means that we all must work together interdependently and raise each other up – regardless of race, religion, and beliefs – for some that is a difficult task.

  1. Oooh, ‘cottage’ isn’t a word I associate with American housing. It sounds a perfect place to sit and reflect upon your Declaration of Independence. I hope you and your compatriots have a splendid Fourth of July ….. and beyond.

    1. It’s more of a house than a cottage, but B refers to it as ‘the cottage.’ The original was a log cabin structure with one large room partitioned by half-walls to make two bedrooms and a bathroom. It was nestled in a grove of trees. The cabin was replaced in 1993/94, but the name remains. It was good fourth, and the fifth is here. have a greta day.

    1. Thank you Phil, and I hope you and your family enjoy the Independence day celebration, too. It’s been a long while since I’ve been in a city for the Fourth of July – I am sure the fireworks are magnificent. have a great week.

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