Just Like Life

Image Source: Saul Leiter

Funny, ain’t it? I been staring at this framing for years, an’ I never really thought nothin’ of it. It ain’t much to look at, an’ it ain’t in no tour guides, so why would I think anything of it? It’s just a door frame, an’ I ain’t got the time or the inclination to go ‘round starin’ at door frames, if you know what I’m sayin’.

But one day, outta nowhere, I saw that frame, an’ I noticed all them patterns in it, from all them cracks. And son of a buck if it wasn’t all of a sudden one of the most beau-tee-ful things I ever did see! I can’t tell you why or how I saw it: I just saw it. I saw the patterns, an’ all of a sudden that door frame looked like one of them paintings up at the museum by the park. Can you imagine that?

Well, I don’t know nothin’ about art, or much of anything else, for that matter. But seeing all them cracks, it really made me think. I started wondering how they all got there, like from gettin’ hit by briefcases an’ purses an’ delivery boxes an’ all like that, an’ maybe from the building settling.

An’ some of the patterns were perfect an’ looked kinda like stuff, like faces an’ like that. An’ some of the patterns were broken an’ went nowhere. Just like life. Lots of bums goin’ nowhere, but overall it’s beau-tee-ful an’ perfect.

It ain’t much of a discovery in the grand scheme, nothing like curing polio. And I ain’t turning into some kinda pixie that goes around starin’ at every door frame in town an’ talkin’ about what I see. But it was kinda nice to be able to see that frame a little different, like to see it up close. Sometimes seeing things a little different makes all the difference.

  1. free penny press said:

    Well I do declare, you sho nuf took me back to my roots in Alabama 🙂
    It’s the little things in life, right?

  2. This happened to me just the other day! I was on a walk, and I noticed tire tracks in the dirt. I started seeing pictures within the tracks, and wondered who had made them. How far did they tracks go? What kind of bike was it? What other adventures had this bike been on?

    It’s cool to get lost in thought like that everyone now and again.

  3. Cool. You remind me that everything has a history behind it, linking to people and stories. I enjoyed this.

    • Glad to hear you say that, Jeannette: I definitely try to present that in every story. Thank you so much!

  4. Hey Brian, I am thinking about adding a word porn category to my blog. Would you be bothered if I included you in that group. I haven’t put it together yet, but it is just going to have blogs, posts, or whatever I just really like and keep going back to. I wrote a post about word porn, but I don’t want to put people in that group if the term offends them.

    • Gotta get up a lot earlier than that to offend me, Hobbs. Bring the porn!

  5. I’m a huge fan of alligatored paint. I love old things with lots of wear and tear. Glad you are seeing the beauty in them too!

  6. There’s wisdom in those cracks, and in you. I (own) dwell in a 125 year old building. I live for now, within the richness of history. I like this post a lot.

    • My family farm dates from probably the early 1800s. Lots of ghosts. I can only imagine your stories.

      • You mean like several framed paintings all falling off the wall at the same time one day. That was my first notification from ghost land. I wish I could write like you.

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