The vines were growing up around her window. They were beautiful in their own, wild way. They were threatening to obstruct her view. She would send word to the gardener to trim them back, but only just a little. Not only were they pretty, but they gave her a modicum of protection.
The house was set back from the country lane, but her window looked out onto the lane. She had a good view. She could see her neighbors driving their cars, walking their dogs, walking with their children. They couldn’t see her because of the appearance of frosted glass. She liked it that way.
Her reclusiveness had started a long time ago and had worsened as she aged. Her house was wired so she could communicate with the outside world and do her work. She could order most of what she needed. She only had to get out occasionally. She enjoyed three friends she allowed to visit and she didn’t allow any family.
She became a recluse after she retired from her career. Back then, she still came and went, but only some. Then she stepped out of her comfort zone and allowed her husband back into her life. The worse things got between them, the more she cloistered herself. When he finally left her, her solitude was complete. Her embarrassment total. Her room with a view became her home forever.
Thanks to Sue Vincent for the #writephoto challenge.
I wonder how many people find themselves so cut off from life…
More than we know, I suspect.
I think you are right, Rosemary.
Sad, but as long as it helps her cope with the vagaries of life, I guess it’s fine.
Sad, but we all have our own coping mechanism, maybe this is what works best for her.
Sorry, this is extremely strange. Could not see the first comment, so posted again, and now both are there. Technology, I tell you…