Thursdays are usually a work day for me. Sometimes, I will take a Friday off, but four-day weekends are less frequent than the three-day variety. Most of the time, I am among the first people to arrive at our office. Those of us who arrive between 6:00 am and 6:30 are greeted by a mostly empty parking lot, a quiet lobby and a dark hall. Emergency lights only. In addition to those facts, my early rising coworkers tend to enter a different door, so I get to open the dark lobby.
At this time of year, late spring, this entrance is particularly depressing.
It’s light outside. Light enough for me to realize that I am leaving the wondrous surrounding of a gorgeous spring day. I let myself in to the building, still protected by its security system and I enter the quiet lobby. I hear my steps, across the lobby and up the stairs (trying to be healthy). I exit the well-lit stairwell (required by law) to the barely lit hallway and I spot the entry doors pictured here.
As I enter the lobby, I am greeted by the faux-frosted inner doors which are effectively masking the light that is shining through the patio doors that are about 10 feet beyond. It’s not until I am in the building, in the office, ready to work, that I can once again see the beauty of the fine spring day I have left behind.
Later in the summer, the ambient light radiating through the frosting film will be enough to light up the lobby and spill out into the hall. My depressing entrance will repeat in the fall, but that is when I tend to take more time off, including those rare four-day weekends. Finally, in the winter, it will still be dark outside when I arrive and I won’t feel bad. I’ll be sitting in my office, basking in the warm glow of florescent fixtures while the sun slowly makes its way to the west side of this building.
Sorry for the melancholy entry to Norm Frampton’s normally upbeat Thursday Doors series – sometimes, you have to go with the way you feel. I hope your Thursday is bright and sunny. If you want to get in on the fun, visit Norm’s site at the above link and follow the very simple instructions. It’s easy, all you need is a door.