Friday, February 25, 2011
The Language of Shutters
What all this means is that the French are not early risers...during the work week and especially on weekends. Closed shutters say this loud and clear. "Our day has not yet started; please respect our rest" A good neighbor doesn't call or come to visit when the shutters are closed. A good neighbor doesn't begin loud yard work while shutters are closed. A good neighbor doesn't walk her dog causing every dog within a half mile radius to start barking....if the shutters are all still closed. Modern heating and energy-efficient windows and doors have made shutters unnecessary for keeping the house warm. There are no gangs of marauding bandits or invading armies for them to protect against anymore. But, shutters still serve an important role in the life of the village. They are part of the unspoken social language that allows this community to live together peacefully. Really...Sunday mornings are awesome. It's so quiet, it actually feels like a day of rest.