I was in Daybreak at Migis Lodge the other day, and looked up over the bed, to those interior windows. Boy, I love those details. Daybreak was remodeled about four years ago and Colby, Adam and Ian ‘repurposed’ a couple of the pocket windows, installing them way up high. They contribute light, air…..and memories for those who have retreated to Daybreak over the years.
When I take that turn off 302, and turn onto the Migis drive, I feel a pleasant surge of possibility, of adventures and pleasures to come. I appreciate the bumps in the driveway. They make me slow down, smell the roses–oops, pines!–and know where I am, and what I can look forward to.
So, the Daybreak windows overhead got me thinking about windows in general, and then even more about doors. There are windows and doors all over Migis Lodge that open onto so many places….the playhouses, the dining room, the old phone booths, the cottages. There are sliding doors and swinging doors and heavy doors and screen doors. Does any sound more poignantly evoke summer than a slamming screen door? There are even a couple of doors with round wooden knobs lifting a crossbar that I am going to hunt down this week. These are old friends that stay around; with all the remodeling we do year to year, we treasure and keep and reuse as much as possible, to retain what we cherish. So here are a few. Which make your heart beat a little faster, in anticipation of rest, of play, of a wonderful meal, of a massage, of warmth, of company, of refuge? Leave us a note…or come thumbtack it to your favorite door!
Here are the first and last verses of a little poem.
by Charles Tomlinson
has been said
of the door, its one
face turned to the night’s
downpour and its other
to the shift and glisten of firelight.
are both frame and monument
to our spent time,
and too little
has been said
of our coming through and leaving by them.
from Selected Poems 1955-97
We are currently accepting reservations for the upcoming season. This year’s social season starts June 16 and we say goodbye October 15. Come choose a door and make it a bit of your own!