Thursday, September 13, 2007

Point of View

Did you know that the fear of heights is one of the top ten phobias in the country? According to some website at least - but given some of my friends I'm not surprised. Heights aren't so much my issue, most of the time, as small enclosed spaces. In fact, I love heights and views. On our first trip together, Luke and I went to Chicago, to the top of the Sears tower. We read the posters about the skyline that now says home, and watched the sun set over the city. When we did move there, thanks to an awesome tip from my mom, the Hancock Tower bar became one of our favorite places to take visiting friends.

Being up high, looking down on a place that is familiar or not, gives me a sense of wonder about the world below. I point and look and find landmarks I recognize. I think about the little itty bitty people I can see, and wonder what their days will hold. It is the best getaway that I have found.

This summer we added a few more of these perspectives to our memories: here we are at the top of the dome of St. Peter's in Vatican City. The tightly-wound, old, narrow, anxiety-creating 320 or so steps were worth it.

What I did on my summer vacation was find a bit of my perspective.


Mark J. said...

That's a much better trip than Alabama!


apbs said...

i'll joyfully ride roller coasters, have been skiing, and been to macchu picchu (i can't spell) in peru. but don't put me on a laddar; i hate them. isn't that odd?

Mrs. M said...

Gorgeous. And I'm with you on tight spaces. Height, though, is no problem.