“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within”
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Stain: …. or dirty marks that is not easily removed.
When I googled the definition of a stain, that’s what came back and that’s exactly how it felt when the night of November 2nd 2018, when hanging out in the garage we heard what sounded like a loud bang on our garage door and a few moments later when we stepped back into our home, there was a bullet hole, yes and actual bullet hole in the sidelite (I’d never even known the term for the small window at the side of our front door before).
Terrified at the thought of what could have happened if one of us was standing there in that moment we called the sheriff, who after intensive investigation said it was “common” in our area for people to be “irresponsible with a gun” something about “probably just some kids partying” and “no evidence that it was malicious” blah blah blah but the fact remained… this was a stain on The Sunshine House and I knew that every single time I looked at that sidelite, I would feel the energy of that stain.
The Sunshine House “where JOY resides” is my home and I work really hard to make sure that it is always surrounded with light and love. I struggled with how I would come to terms with that unsettling feeling every time I enter my front door. Literally “the gateway to JOY”.
Doing the research for replacement glass, I decided that we would get something nicer than the plain glass that was in there. I had no idea there were so many types of glass, rain glass, reed glass, , granite glass, sandblast glass, tempered glass etc. etc. Then I happened upon, stained glass.
Stained Glass – this literally made my hair stand on end. What a wonderful idea to combat the negative energy of a bullet hole than with a beautiful stained glass. The sun rises at the front of The Sunshine House so I knew that this would be a sight to behold. I started to google images of stained glass windows and lo and behold, I was in love. I looked at the prices and realized that if I took this route I would end up spending literally almost 5 times as much as just replacing the regular glass but I also knew that this would be the thing that would restore my joy in entering The Sunshine House. I told the hubby that instead of presents for our 25th wedding anniversary which was about a month away, I’d rather we get the stained glass.
Calling around to local stained glass shops, comparing prices, the idea came to me that I could take this opportunity to create a custom stained glass and of course I took pen to paper, the way I do when a creative concept comes to me (Jessica and Ontonio gets the brunt of my awful sketches that they turn into everything my mind’s eye imagine but I can’t put on paper for shit – thank you both). This time around the poor guy at the local stained glass shop was greeted with my sketch. A couple of weeks later, exactly on the date of our 25th wedding anniversary, The Sunshine House stained glass was installed!
Every single morning, I am greeted to a different custom pattern of colorful bliss. Depending on the time of day I get up, the position of the sun that morning, cloudy and overcast or full burst sunlight I am greeted each morning while I have my coffee with the gift of the positive energy of the light of the “stain” glass at The Sunshine House.
I am grateful. I sit here remembering the night of the bullet and how I, terrified, thought… “I am replacing that with a bullet proof blacked out force” and the word of the late great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. …
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…”