I remember reading once that windows were the earliest information system. It wasn’t until we had windows that we could look outside without being outside, an important thing if you want to see whether you should put on your snow gear.
This morning I am sitting in my favorite chair, as I do on most mornings, having my coffee and watching an early morning news show as the sun rises just behind my right shoulder. I am able to watch the sky change as the light changes.
For several mornings, earlier this week, those of us who rise early were treated to spectacular colors:
It snowed the following two mornings and was gray and cold when it wasn’t snowing. And then, this morning, the sky was almost perfectly clear. I was able to watch the stars disappear* as the colors changed from black, to charcoal gray, to lighter and lighter gray, that then became blue at the horizon, with that blue spreading spreading as the earth rolled, ever toward and away from the sun.
All the while, I am warm and comfortable and grateful for my view. The windows also tell me the snow isn’t melting very soon. Put on some boots, gloves, and a hat with that jacket before you go out today.
*It’s one of the advantages of being owned by two small dogs with very tiny bladders.