June 30, 2011

a rooftop kind of summer.

Maybe it's because I love the sun, or because I grew up watching Mary Poppins, or because there's just something about seeing things from above, but whatever it is, I've always had a thing for rooftops. Rooftop decks, rooftop barbecues, rooftop pools, rooftop restaurants and parties--I absolutely live for all of the above. The cool breeze, the light air, being closer to the sky... And, really, don't they just scream summer?

In our neighborhood, the rooftops form their own little world--a buzzing community up above the streets. I've been spending much more time up there thanks to some gorgeous summer weather, and I'm struck by the way things work four stories up. There's the old couple next door who share coffee around nine; the middle-aged woman who relaxes on her lawn chair, sipping margaritas as the sun goes down; the pack of college girls across the alley who blast the radio so loud that Adele echoes between the brownstones. 

And I find myself wondering--find myself speculating as to whether these neighbors have noticed my patterns, noticed my rooftop routine. Do they see me early in the morning, just after my run, stretching with my reddened face to the sun? Do they see me with pen and paper in the afternoon, imagining and outlining my latest cast of characters? Do they spy me staring east around twilight, gazing wistfully at the city skyline, etching it into my memory like initials in a tree?
 ... I wonder.

(Photos: My Flickr)

12 comments:

~BB~ said... [Reply to comment]

I am oh-so jealous of your rooftop! I wish I had one...perhaps someday. For now a balcony must do. Great post!

Songbird Cabin said... [Reply to comment]

Love this post. Such a different view than the one from my favorite spot (I live in the woods)but still beautiful. I think it is so important to take time to appreciate our surroundings.

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

so beautiful. i would kill to have a rooftop like that. it is very different in utah, no one does anything on the rooftops unless you are downtown, which even then it is limited.

CMae said... [Reply to comment]

Love Chicago skyline. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I am so excited I get to come Home in 7 days for a 4 day visit to my chi town! I hope the weather is nice!

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Love those pictures. I wish I had access to a rooftop! Such pretty views.

Jen Ballard said... [Reply to comment]

i just love the way you write! it flows to beautifully and just makes you feel so care-free!

Eleanor said... [Reply to comment]

i love the way you write too. beautiful descriptions. i wish i could go on my roof!

s a m said... [Reply to comment]

summer is the best time for peopel interested in other people (like we are). Voyeurism abound. Isn't it magical the way that sound travels when the suns out, and the woosh of rain isn't all you hear?

and the picture of the skyline with the blue buildings and the green trees is fantastic! Getting good with that camera there, Laura Marie.

melanie said... [Reply to comment]

i adore your blog. i am now following :)

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

I love those pictures! Thank goodness summer has finally come!

mice_aliling said... [Reply to comment]

Rooftops gives you a different perspective. I remember walking at night in Marmaris, Turkey looking for a nice restaurant...and there was a chalkboard signage for a restaurant at the rooftop "where you can be closer to the sky." Lovely.

Lynsey said... [Reply to comment]

love this.