Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. March 2018
Since moving into my Quinault apartment in July of last year, I’ve changed my morning routine. After a simple breakfast, I go to my glassed-in balcony and sit in my comfortable chair.
The first thing I do as I’m sitting there is size up what kind of day it’s going to be. The tall Douglas fir trees across the street dwarf the houses and must be higher than the apartment house by quite a lot. Their slender trunks stretch toward the sky.
I look at the sky and, since this is the Pacific Northwest, take notice of what is there. Usually, it’s clouds…sometimes blowing lazily to the left pushed by warm air from California climes…other times scurrying to the right as if trying to avoid the cold air propelling them…and, sometimes hanging lazily in the sky barely moving. I praise the creator if I see a clear sky and a slowly brightening red sunrise through the trees.
But—always there are the trees. I reign in my gaze to focus on the trunks and the foliage. It hangs high and droops down along the trunks and entwines itself with that of other trees, or reaches out to shake hands—as it may be. At first glance I think to myself, “It’s a still morning—not a twig is moving.” Then, as I watch I notice that the trees are moving. The branches are catching the breeze and shaking and moving each other. The whole tree is moving! Even the tall trunk is swaying ever so slightly.
Actually, that’s the way we are on this campus. The whole campus is moving and so are we…like the clouds in the sky and the trees across from my apartment. There’s activity everywhere. Panorama is an easy place to chase whatever is happening. Most of us have more written on our “dance card” than we can possibly handle. We take a few steps with one escort and then as the music changes to a new tune it’s time to dance with another.
I always have liked to keep moving. Even as a little kid, I was moving all the time around the farm—seeing things. And, that “doing” activity continued through seven decades of my life. It’s been a great life, but lately I’ve rediscovered something that I remember knowing at one time—that it’s oftentimes fun to sit and watch others move and simply “be.” Keep moving and doing but don’t be afraid to just “be.” Panorama has lots of time for that too!