Do you have any gates in your life? A gate is a "movable barrier, usually on hinges, closing an opening in a fence, wall, or other enclosure." I have always had the idea in my mind that they are quaint. Often pretty. Very functional. And most times necessary. I loved opening and shutting my garden gate when I had one. But that gate is in the past. I did not have to open and close that gate ALL the time. Now I have a gate in my life that is very important. It protects my parents hard work. It keeps all the veggies, fruit, delicious shrubs, and carefully manicured green grass safe. It must be open and closed most times you leave or come back to the house.
My parents entire property is carefully fenced. They put a lot of work into their yard and their gardens. Which is why weddings, receptions, and senior pictures have all been here. My parents also have an animal loving neighbor who has single handedly built her own little herd of deer....we will refer to her as Snow White to protect the innocent. These deer are SO tame they will eat out of your hand. They are so unafraid of people. They love my parents yard. Very smart deer. They go the neighbors house for the main course and then they often saunter up the hill to attempt dessert at my parents house. The gate must be closed at all times. The minute we lull ourselves into thinking we do not need to close the gate we will be eating our breakfast, lunch or dinner and see a deer head appear where there should not be a deer head.
What is the opposite of a gate? Wide open, right? A gate is any means of entrance or access. We all have gates in our lives. Sometimes they involve lines we have had to wait in. Sometimes there are tests we had to pass to get through a gate. To me a gate often means progression. Remember for my parents the gate is protection. A guarantee that something will not be harmed. I have vivid memories of animals getting out of our farm gates when I was a kid. So much work to find them and bring them back. They never seem to appreciate that the gates are for their good. Sometimes we look at gates as a nuisance. I can not tell you how awesome it feels to drive straight down the driveway and not have to stop at the gate. I remember having gates to protect my toddlers from stairs they did not understand. Gates are usually for our own good. They send a message. "You shall not pass :)" I do love to say that whenever I can :)
People have been known to crash gates. I dare you to watch an action film that does not involve a gate being crashed into or climbed over in a scrambling manner. There are also gates to get into heaven....so they say.
Do I have gates in my life? Hmm good question not as many as I should have but that would mean I would have to keep track of keys or think of passwords....it much easier to just deal with the pain and trouble that comes when you did not protect yourself the way you should have...right? :) JK