Windows are one of those things in life that surround us, but we hardly notice. When is that last time you seriously considered a window?
The primary function of a window is to bring the outdoors indoors. We live in boxes today, but I suppose somewhere in our genes there is a love of nature that we just can’t shake, and we feel better if we can see it.
Of course some windows have an awful view. A large, beautiful window might look out to a parking lot, for example. But no matter how bad the view having a window seems better than not having one.
On a nice day you can open a window. Fresh air is wonderful. Then again some places don’t smell so great, or you might live in a city full of smog. You’re better off leaving the window closed.
There are some windows that don’t open at all. The windows of most skyscrapers don’t open. If they did the wind would blow all the papers off your desk. Opening a window so high encourages trouble too. There’s always some prankster that wants to chuck a penny out the window to see what would happen. Idiots with water balloons also come to mind.
A quick look online shows hundreds of varieties of windows to buy. There’s picture windows, double hung windows, skylights, sliding windows, basement windows, bay windows, storm windows, and stained glass windows just to name a few. It’s just another example of how people can take something simple like a window and make it more complicated than it needs to be.
One of problems of having a window is that people on the outside can look in just as easily as you can look out. We try to solve this by covering our windows. Blinds, drapes, curtains, and shutters all stop a window from doing what it’s suppose to do. Do we want to see outside or not?
And of course windows make a great metaphor. “That opened a window of insight,” we say. We also talk about a “window of opportunity” or say “That idea went out the window.” The most famous window phrase is that the eyes are the windows to the soul. True perhaps, but some people draw the drapes, and others just aren’t home.