CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#008: August, 2007
Down the Road
There are always two ways to look through a corner window. This month we have a unique opportunity to look back over our long hot Summer of Love (40 years gone) and to look ahead to the perpetually changing seasons to come. Schools are never out forever (in kids’ minds, maybe); classrooms are full again; kids’ rooms empty except for pooch on the bed.
I recently ventured out to Isleta Pueblo to see the Perseid meteors supposedly “showering” overhead. I saw two shooting stars that may or may not have been Perseid in nature. I did succeed in waking up the Tribal officer who was resting his eyes at the side of the road in his squad car. After discussing what I was doing there out under the stars, I began my sky scanning. Came up with Orion in the eastern sky, the Pleiades, and the Milky Way. I have concluded that the Persied Meteor Shower is a not-so-urban myth. Perseids or no, the New Mexico sky at 4 a.m. is a sparkling thing of beauty. No wonder the aliens land here so often. And with Orion rising ever more prominently it is clear that wintertime is coming.
Chiles already roast in marketplace roasters. It’s 98 in the shade, but there is change in the air and nightsky. Soon Zozobra burns the gloom of this past year and pre-seasonal football is already hiking its way across our screens. But there are weekends more of good camping left. Plenty of summer tomatoes to pick and corn to sheathe. Christmas and Holiday gear isn’t in the stores yet (any minute, though). No Halloween goodies either (for now). But shelves are being emptied of Back to School bargains and time waits for no man or sale.
There’s still time to look back on the funny moments of summer. The happy times of that much needed vacation or party. Still time to savor quiet moments of doing nothing more than reading a book (people still do this). Moments of reverie over new kittens, puppies, baby chicks, foals ... a bounty of spring and summer births. New hairstyles tried out. New car smells (and dreams of same). High school reunions passed by or attended. Yard sales and iced tea, lemonade fresh-squeezed.
Through our windows we see coming a mixed up world with shaky Wall Streets and folks going broke. Others winning at bingo and the lottery (it could happen). Anniversary of that twin tower disaster and state fairs. Always there is the dark and the light, the good and the bad. It’s what makes the world go around with us standing tall or holding on for dear life.
At our corner window we can see sunset and dawn, storm and rainbow, feast and famine. Gas tanks filled or exploding in a world at war. We can move forward or sit back and watch the world go by. This corner window has no shade. It is a clear view up the tracks north and down the way south. The Rail Runner is running and little pumpkins are on the vine.
We are moving through this Year of the Pig in rapid fire fashion. Are there things we are missing along the way? Not to late to write about it, think about it, journal about it. What did we accomplish this summer? How much happiness and joy did we find? What are we waiting on for our great reward? Do we need to keep on waiting for the joy to shine? Time waits for no one. Our view to the future is just beyond our corner window with a view so bright you’ll need shades. Happy trails.
Jeff Hartzer © 2007