Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Large Yellow Home.

At the bottom of our hill, between the tall Oregon pines and the scrub oak, sits a large yellow home.  In the summer the squirrels scamper amidst the flowers in the garden and dogs on leashes strain anxiously trying to join in the fun.  The large verandah overlooks a farm where the sheep lazily graze and the sounds of the tractor in the distance is a low, soft hum.

Cars drive up and down the hill, past the large yellow home, the farm and the pine trees.  The drivers oblivious to their surroundings eager to get to their destination. College students on bicycles with their headphones placed firmly in their ears cycling to the beat.

As the sun begins it's journey to foreign destinations the lights in the large yellow home turn on.  There are no curtains or blinds to obstruct the view.  As I drive up the hill I notice an older man sitting in his chair, gazing out his window.  My eyes glance up as I drive by and then focus back on the road and my mission.

There is a sign in front of the large yellow home.  It informs all who pass that this is an assisted living facility.  As the seasons begin to change and the squirrels sleep, the one thing that remains constant is the man, sitting in his chair, gazing out his window.

I wonder what his story is?  What does he see?  Does he have a family?  Did he abandon those who loved him in his earlier years now only to sit alone gazing out his window? Does he remember the days when he was connected to the rest of the world? Does he have regrets? Does he see the cars zooming up and down the hill?  Does he dream of days and moments lost? Does he want to close his eyes and see no more?

Does he see me, looking at him.


  1. I hope the world that he sees is serene and beautiful.

    1. He has been on my mind a lot lately.

  2. It's easy for most people to get caught up in the idea that they're the heroes of their own life stories & everyone else is just playing a supporting role. But we often forget everyone has a story.

  3. Sounds like a good spot to sit and gaze

  4. You should go visit him. Most of those places have open visiting hours all day long, and those poor folks are trapped inside with no one to talk to. Make a new friend. You'll probably find out that his family parked him there and is too busy to see him. I saw it all the time when I worked in the ambulance world. Assisted living and convalescent homes was where I spent my days. Most of those folks are the most kind- hearted people you'll ever meet, and every one of them has a story to tell, and a life story worth knowing.

    You should go.

  5. Send him a letter! That might be a nice way of introducing yourself...or at least brightening his day.


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