My sister Celia, often quipped, “Everything is subject to change!” We probably would all agree with that, and yet we seem to be surprised when change actually happens. The house next door was sold and we were advised that they would build a unit at the back. We weren’t too worried because the block sloped away a bit, as long as they built the unit on a slab, we would keep most of our lovely view. For two years nothing happened then the graders came in and took away truckloads of soil. “Yep,” we thought, “Definitely a slab.” However; this week they came in and started to lay bricks. Fourteen courses later the floor level was reached and it looks like we will lose our view completely.
Useless, before it was roofed last summer, our side deck has become a lovely outdoor space and makes a great eating area. Up till now we have sometimes felt we didn’t have the time to make the most of it. Much quicker to eat your meal inside than set up outside when you feel time poor. Now we are out there as much as possible. The 1970’s song by Joni Mitchell comes to mind.
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
It’s a timely reminder to make the most of what we have. We owe it to ourselves to use our talents and abilities without delay, and not wait till a more convenient occasion. We must redeem the time now, as later may never come, Celia would tell us if she were here, “Everything is subject to change!”
The zoomed in View
You can just see the fourteenth course under the stacked bricks