Sunday, September 27, 2009


It's amazing that life just keeps moving, no matter what doors close in our faces. Remember the quote, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us, ” from Alexander Graham Bell?

Sometimes our lives are altered dramatically by choices we make on our own, but sometimes they're altered by choices others make. Either way, planned or unplanned, doors can slam closed suddenly and unexpectedly; and when that happens we can't just stand there and stare, or knock forever, we have to look around for another door that will open...or sometimes, we have to break in through a window!

Today, Kalen climbed through a kitchen window (not the first time this has happened with the two of us) because she had walked outside my house and locked the door behind her, unaware that I was sitting outside reading the newspaper without my keys, purse, etc. The door was closed and locked. There is not a hide-a-key. Thankfully the kitchen window was open, and so around to the side of the house we went, dragging a chair along for her to stand on. She climbed up,  tugged the screen off, pushed the window wider open, took several deep breaths and hoisted herself up (she wouldn't let me give her a push) and over the window sill, landing in the sink before dropping to the floor inside. Flexible, agile girl, that one, and a locked door was not going to keep us out!

Life is full of lessons, and today's silly mishap at my little adobe house was just another example of how we can learn from life's everyday happenings.

A door closed, but we found another way...we found a window. We were determined.

Where there's a will, there's a way. And as far as Kalen is concerned, her flexibility, tolerance, determination, smarts, optimism, agility, good looks, kind heart, bubbly personality and downright stubbornness will push through a lot of doors in the future - and maybe a few windows too.

Determination. It will break down some doors, close others and push open a few windows too.

Needless to say, my kitchen window now has a new lock and will remain closed, but as with life, it was open when we needed it. There's always another path if we will simply look.

Bob Dylan "Knockin on Heaven's Door"

Guns N Roses "Knockin on Heaven's Door"

Eric Clapton "Knockin on Heaven's Door"

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