Sunshine Project – Day 64, Office Building, Abington, PA

It snowed a few inches last night and then the temperature went up for a one-day reprieve from the bitter cold we’ve been having. It turned sunny and bright and the snow began a speed-melt. One of those winter days when spring peeks in just a bit; it reminded me of gardens and flowers, and I thought of a place I’ve been meaning to set a sunshine. The time just hasn’t seemed right, until today.

I am referring to the medical office building I visited over the past two years for my hand infection. It’s not my favorite place on earth at all, but I have wanted to go back there in good health and let go of the experiences associated with it. I haven’t liked even to drive past it. But the burst of sunshine and warmth today gave me the push to make peace with the memory.

So my husband and I drove to the building. On Sunday, it’s deserted. The garage was dank and melting snow was
dripping everywhere. We went out to the gardens surrounding the building – they run all along the back. In the past I always found them calming and soothing – there were lots of bright flowers and grasses soaking up the sun. Today of course it is all bare, but it still looked peaceful. I set the sunshine on one of the walls near a bench. I remember seeing people sitting out here in the good weather.

After looking around a little, we went back to the garage to leave. I noticed the frost on the window of the elevator vestibule – what delicate patterns here in this miserable setting!

As I took the pictures, an enormous roar kicked up from above – a man was driving a little slow-plow around the upstairs level, which is open to the sky. What a racket. At the same time, we noticed that the automatic door to the vestibule seemed to have gone haywire – it kept opening and shutting, opening and shutting…It may still be doing it for all I know. I found this very amusing to think about.

Anyway, the visit was worth it. I did not have to be at this building – I chose to go there for my own reasons. And I could leave any time I wanted and I didn’t have to come back. A very nice change from the past.

Happy sunshine.

Sunshine, February 22, 2015.

Sunshine, February 22, 2015.

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About Claudia McGill

A person who does art and writes poetry. That's me!

2 responses to “Sunshine Project – Day 64, Office Building, Abington, PA

  1. Admirable! It takes courage to drive ourselves to make peace with uneasy memories…

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