Look up

Today was an amazingly gorgeous day: mid 70 degrees (F), sunny, lightly breezy… the air felt warm-yet-fresh, and smelled delicious.  I broke away from my desk for a small bit over the lunch hour, and took a brief stroll around a few blocks of the city.

As I was rounding the corner to head back in to my office, I caught sight of this:

Do you see him?  A window-washer.  In red.  Top-right side of the tallest building in the frame. Sitting on little more than a wooden bench.  With a rope I barely trust for indoor rock-climbing serving as his “safety net”.  See him?


I’ve written before about how I have a place in my heart for construction machines; I also have a soft spot for the people who operate them.  While window washers don’t maneuver big dump trucks or bulldozers, they absolutely work hard at their trade, in all sorts of conditions, doing mostly unrecognized work that improves the quality and experience of many lives.

And I love ‘em for that.

Seeing this great guy on this great day produced a great big smile for me.  🙂


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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8 Responses to Look up

  1. Jordan Brown says:

    This made me smile. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  2. rutheh says:

    Great capture !


  3. Very brave job too!


  4. Touch2Touch says:

    What eyes you have! And what attention you bring when you use them, that makes me smile.


    • Stef says:

      My dad bragged for the longest time that he had “better than perfect” vision (until he hit his mid forties, his eyesight was 10/20). I have followed in his path, and my eyesight remains pretty darn sharp (though 40 is only a few years away….) 😉 But regardless of one’s physical vision abilities, I think there are fun things for all of us to ‘see’ all around us; if we are willing to make the time and take the effort to open to them…


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