Over time when I enter an abode or public places the likes of a mall and a bookstore, I get past its doors without looking at it, much to remembering how they look like. My interest is more likely on the people and things inside. A short visit, an errand or just to breathe could sometimes drive my purpose in going to these places. Across it all, there is nothing so much interesting or fascinating about those doors I have entered or passed. To be honest, they are all flat, cold and generic in design.

Churches, old and new, sprout all over our country. I have to say they have the best kinds of doors, double or with small service openings. The intricacies of carvings and how massive, small its sizes are beautiful. A strong scent of varnish or paint lingers on its sturdy planks. So with the metal attachments: bolts, knobs and braces, all with iron tang to it when touched. Most of those churches I have visited are well-kept and maintained to its grandeur. I will have to take my photo of them next time to share it.

Villa in Caleruega

Villa in Caramoan

At home

These doors commonly share a simple design but have different finishes to it. My keen eyes notice the difference on the kind of wood they are made of. I have to say our door at home(drab in Christmas balls and poinsettia)is massive and heavy. Bearing a handmade carving is a statement as you enter opening it to our small yet cozy living room. It has not been painted since hence the raw natural color. Mama wanted it to be varnished. I want it to be painted. I don’t know what will turn out next for this main door of ours.

The modern and clean lines design of that chalet door is pleasing for me. It evokes warmth of the shelter with its dark chocolate-brown paint. There is mystery too because I wonder how cozy the chalet would be when I open it and walk through. Unlike the lodge door, I was hesitant to enter because I might open up to a dingy room. Well, missing the paint and carvings this door is battered and exposed to the elements. The salt in the air, the moisture from the sea and the short awning from the roof does not spare it from being drenched every time.

Like a book cover, I should not judge these doors by their looks. Their design, paint color, carvings and natural grain may take me aback when I decide to pass through them. Unknowingly, welcoming to an airy, relaxing and cozy room is what awaits me still at the end.


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