Norm Framptons’s “Thurdays Doors” is Amazing.
It is an extraordinary weekly extravaganza event.
The door fever is Catching and Spreading like Wildfire!
Here you may find Norm Frampton’s blog AKA (Norm 2.0):
You may find Norm’s First Ever post with a beautiful set
of double doors, located on his post,
September 4, 2014.
It is an exotic set of golden peacock doors,
Found at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois.
They lead the visitor into the Lobby,
With an intricate design made of
Hand-wrought brass-colored gold
of Two Peacocks.
His inspiration for starting to post about Doors came
from a woman called, “That Montreal Girl.”
Norm has given me permission, possibly temporary,
so I will “go with it,” and post a Thursday’s edition of Doors.
Now I realize I mention music so often you may expect me
to be talking about The Doors.
Nope, switch gears entirely.
No music today.
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>>>>>>”Double Doors Open”<<<<<<
Just words to paint pictures
of a specific set of double doors.
Today, since Norm let me do this,
I am going to describe a double door.
It has some personal “history” attached .
Picture a long flat, one-story brick
from the 60’s.
The bricks are red,
there are tall trees on both sides
of a middle sidewalk,
leading to the two brown metal doors.
They have those handles on the inside,
where kids can just “pump” or push bar down
to Open and Flee.
There are bushes trimmed into tight balls
evenly spaced along the front of the building.
Picture long windows that open out,
like glass shelves.
Even though this is a story about a door,
it is also about two generations
elementary school children
in one nuclear family,
attending and walking home
five days a week
from this building.
As in all elementary schools
if you are late you must “buzz”
or “ring” the front door.
The ability to get inside is slowed down
since our world has changed since 1986.
When a first grader attended this school.
On the inside and outside of said school,
there are large decals or red circles with a
slash line through a hand gun.
No hand guns allowed.
People must be allowed in,
once school day begins.
A precautionary process
which is very important
for children’s safety.
One must produce a valid
Secretary find’s student’s file,
now produced to check and verify
permission to enter,
signing in finally to visit a classroom.
The usual process is to remain in office
until someone is available to escort you to the
I am very happy my children and grandsons
Attending this school.
My second grandson is
going into first grade.
He was lucky enough to see his older brother
from time to time at assemblies,
extended recesses or school wide
Olympics or “Field Events”
out in the grass behind the school.
Here are details of the two doors
which bring tears to my eyes.
It was the best place
for oldest daughter, middle son and “baby” girl.
Son and youngest daughter attended Kindergarten
through Fifth Grade.
Memories of each child and all they accomplished and who
they became friends with and teachers lessons wash over me.
It seems like yesterday when I brought my oldest daughter to
this set of double doors. She was very reluctant, not sure at all
of being “new girl” when she had only finished Kindergarten in
Lancaster and was uprooted with siblings to live in unknown town.
We think the doors were painted grey in those days, but this is all
somewhat speculation. She had two boys in this school now.
Her brother’s children attend another of five schools in Delaware, Ohio.
Grandson approaches the door from the inside
with his Fourth Grade Class.
Neatly lined up behind the door,
Principal and Guidance Counselor
standing inside of each door.
While waiting outside, you hear parents
exclaiming this is their last child to
pass through these doors,
heading to Willis Middle School.
There are others who say it is their
middle or first child
who is walking through the doors
In just a moment.
There is an air of expectancy.
There is a tear running down my cheek.
Last year my son’s stepdaughter “graduated”
4th grade held a ceremony,
the kids wore “caps” and
Each ate piece of first Graduation Cake.
They had had a mayor visit.
The elementary school on other side of town is sedate,
not as likely to pursue grandiose gestures.
We are smiling as we make lines
across the double wide sidewalk.
My eyes are still misty typing this.
We are simply going to
“Clap the Fourth Graders Out.”
The doors are opened,
children were told to
“Don’t rush out”
Those with cameras or
cell phones capture this moment.
I am here to “Clap!’
I am here to Celebrate.
The doors swing closed.
I hang back.
Skyler’s Daddy and Mommy
brother Micah hugging Skyler.
Daddy filmed the “clap out.”
I am content to get hugs later,
Tell him congratulations,
after a minute.
Studying the door,
There is red brick on
of the door.
There is a small awning which covers the double doors.
The small cement porch may fit about ten little kids under the roof.
The porch may fit 4-5 adults waiting to be buzzed into the school
and on to the office to go through security procedures.
This door is nearly the “Best Door” I may ever gaze at.
You see, I chose this town knowing nobody, came here and made a life.
Found friends everywhere, churches, historical society, Master Gardeners,
(not a member but a viewer annually of their gardens), American Association
of University Women and Lion’s Club (the women’s version.)
I became a member of several church committees, organized an ecumenical
Peace Camp and designed the t-shirt, was past president of one organization,
drew historical homes for 8 home tours, all the churches and the Arts Castle.
We made a life here.
Two of three children “settled” here.
It began just two blocks away from these doors.
David Smith Elementary School, where we registered Carrie in 1986.
I substituted behind this set of double doors and knew the Principal for
all 3 of my kids. I know the Guidance Counselor, too.
Not too bad as single mom of 3 kids: 6 months old, 4 and 6.
. . . In Your Life . . .
Which door would you say meant the most?
What was your elementary school like?
What is your life changing door?
Your Present Home?
Your Family Home?
I hope to encourage Thursday Door posts,
Find an interesting door, no need to write much
unless you are interested in telling details or history
then mention Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.
Go to his blog, add your link to comments section.
Thanks for letting me break the rules, Norm.
If you have not visited many doors posts,
you can look up on Norm’s blog
and you will see links to posts