Life Behind Walls of Glass

Most of my day, a dirty window filters the world. I view life through the car window, through a smudged mirror, through a computer screen. I see through glass, darkly.  Whenever I can I ride with my window down to feel the wind beating unpredictably on my face or hear the whisssh of tires on wet pavement after rain.

When I ride my bike, sometimes I am forced to wear sunglasses to keep the bugs and dust out of my eyes at critical moments.  I get spooked when I am spinning nearly out of control down a hill and I can barely see out of one eye while the other weeps in protest over an errant piece of sand. But I only tolerate sunglasses; I spend my life behind a film no more than I have to. When the glasses come off, life bursts into vivid color again. Have you noticed?

Today I found those walls built in my heart. Outside the glory of the Lord shines while I am hunched behind stacks of mental clutter. Man, I do not like how the computer has crowded out real life.

I mean to take it firmly to task, reminding it of its place in my life as a tool, no more. Where I can serve God through my wretched typing, fine. But when it seeks to beguile me with Stuff I Just Have to Look Up, I will sternly slap down the lid and tend to something else. I can certainly go to bed earlier!

I make exception for the Lizzie Bennet diaries, but they only last four minutes on Mondays and Thursdays, after all. I’ll think of it as a piece of dark chocolate at the end of a good day.

About lettersfromheartscontent

Mother of six, homeschool teacher, tutor with Classical Conversations, wife to a forester and educator. I tend a perennial garden with a riot of blossoms, ride my bicycle in and out of the watershed, play ocarina and a boom-chick accompaniment when my kids feel like playing contradance music. I love being home, but I love an open road and adventure, too. Classical Conversations' Writers Circle carries my article on some aspect of classical education once a month.
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2 Responses to Life Behind Walls of Glass

  1. godsbooklover says:

    An apt metaphor! And I’m glad you introduced me to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! Lately, I’ve relied on YouTube digest to remind me to go watch them once a week. My guilty pleasure…and so nice to have two (or three, in a Q&A week) to watch at one time!

  2. You must check out the Maria Lu spinoff.They are short, but continue the intrigue.
    Poor, poor Jane. Today she got the news.

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