Monday, April 23, 2007

Seven Doors

My upstairs hall has seven doors.

Nothing unusual about that.

A function of hallways after all.

My kitchen, however, also has seven doors - of different sizes and construction - which makes the creative placement of such mundane but necessary articles as fridges, stoves, sinks and tables something of a challenge.

1. Paneled door to old pantry, now the laundry room. China knob.

2. Door to basement and the occasional spider - modern hollow door.

3. Door to backstairs and bedrooms - of matched lumber and an iron latch.

4. Back door to sunroom and garden. Big iron latch and slide bolt.

5. Side door with two narrow arched windows and lace curtains.

6. Door to new pantry closet, from which hangs a rubber chicken. Again, standard, hollow.

7. Massive door to dining room above an oak step. Held open by a gargoyle door stop.

Much like the directions and destinations one's writing may take, don't you think?


Erik Ivan James said...

Great analogy, Dear Gal!

I have a rubber chicken too.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Dear Guy!
We've forgotten the original joke behind the chicken, but he still has pride of place.

Sam said...

I am sort of claustraphobic and I can't stand closed doors. We have doors, but they're all ajar...

Jaye Wells said...

Your house sounds charming. I wonder what feng shui has to say about so many doors in one room. Either way, great analogy.

bunnygirl said...

What you need is a mysterious door to nowhere. My great-aunt's house had one and it was a never-ending source of mystery and creative speculation!

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

I love studying the doors, doorknobs and even the hinges of older homes and apartments. Each has its own distinct character, charm and appeal. I wonder at the stories they have to tell. It’s a pity that newer homes are outfitted with cheap, lackluster doors. It takes away some of the magic.

EAMonroe said...

I enjoyed this post, Bernita. I once lived in a 40s style house with lots of character. The house burned down after a major electrical storm, but I still have the glass doorknobs from the French doors.

Ah, what memories conjured and stories even a doorknob can tell!

Bernita said...

Our interior doors usually are, Sam, but in this climate the outside doors depend on the temperature.

Thank you, Jaye. Feng shui would have a fit!

We can see where various doors have been blocked off and others opened up, Bunny, and there were two mysterious windows.

I agree, Daisy! Fortunately here, only the two I mentions are those cheap crappy hollow types.

Indeed, Elizabeth! The door knob to the master bedroom has a figured brass knob.
Once there were French doors to the living room in the late 1800's style. One of them still survives as the sun room door.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I love old houses for those cool features, but I live in a log home that I designed and built, so there's a bare minimum of doors with lots of open spaces!

You could write a story about the everchanging location when you went through a door.

raine said...

Much like the directions and destinations one's writing may take, don't you think?

Especially the one held open by the gargoyle. ;-)

Bernita said...

I think "portals" are considered over-done, Bonnie, but I've always enjoyed that plot.

Hee, Raine. Not much gets by you.

archer said...

Robert A. Heinlein's short story "And He Bulit a Crooked House" is very spooky. It's anthologized a lot.

M.E Ellis said...

LMAO @ casual mention of the rubber chicken!

Your beautiful poem has made a reappearance on my banner. Yay! I missed it.


Bernita said...

I may have read that years ago, Archer.
My house is not spooky though.

Michelle, I am so flattered.Thank you.
The hall closet has a plastic skeleton too...

MissWrite said...

Wow that's a lot of doors for one room... but writing comparisons aside, it is just another shining example of what a cool person you must be in person--a rubber chicken and a gargoyle in one room--the kitchen no less! Doffs hat to thee.

MissWrite said...

And I just finished reading the comment section--AND a skeleton in the closet. Oh that just caps it right off properly. Yes, I know for sure that you are indeed mysterious and charming all at once.

LadyBronco said...

What a perfect analogy!

Even a door that goes nowhere can be an analogy for one's writing - where will this storyline lead me today?


spyscribbler said...

1.) I want your house. :-)
2.) Great analogy!

Some days, my hallways only have one door. That's never a good hallway, LOL.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Tami - but I'm afraid I'm very, and sadly, ordinary.
We used to keep the telephone in a hollowed out book.

That's so true, Lady B.
There's the Lady or the Lion question too!

And sometimes we have to navigate those hallways in the dark, Natasha!

kario said...

So many possibilities, so little time! What a terrific subject for a short story - inventing situations and scenes behind each of those doors!

Bernita said...

Doors do lend themselves to that, Kario, do they not? Comic or dramatic or sad.
Thank you for stopping by.