Many years ago, I wrote a short, short story called Doors. It was a fairly simple, uncomplicated story about two young girls spending an evening together, talking girl talk, and all the while opening and closing different doors. It was inspired by real life experience as I sat listening to one of my daughters and her best friend chatting about life, love, and the future.
Even though it was late, they decided they should set off on an adventure. They made a great fuss about getting dressed up, ready to go out. Doors opened. Doors closed. Bedroom doors. The door to the basement. Oh, the noise and chatter!
Finally, they opened the front door, stepped out onto the porch, then quickly turned around and returned to the safety and security of home.
“We’ll go out another time,” they said as they came inside and closed the door behind them.
To me, the doors they were opening and closing symbolized the future and the act of growing up. Such a rush of excitement…and then the quiet realization that they weren’t truly ready to face the realities of becoming adults.
I wrote about doors again recently in “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”. It, too, is a story about growing up and facing adult realities and responsibilities. Although I mention “doors” a dozen times in the novel, I think my favorite reference is this one:
There was that word again. She’d stood her ground, had made her choices, and what was the result? She thought of how often her parents talked about opening and closing doors. When one door closed, they insisted, the Lord opened other doors for you.
Now, quite the opposite had happened. She’d opened the door to a future with Ben, but by doing so, all other doors were now closed.
Doors open and doors close. We often come to a doorway and wonder what’s on the other side, what might lie behind that door.
While browsing around a bit this morning, I came across this door-inspired quote from author Graham Greene:
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
No matter our age, there are always doors opening and closing around us. Whenever we face a new door, we don’t know what’s on the other side. The only way to find out is to open the door.