It's industrial. It's plain. It's nothing at all like some of the neighbors' deck areas or sunrooms. We really tried to live without it. Last winter, when some serious wind gusts took down our last canopy, we thought about our neighbors who had to look at it every day. We thought about how it cut some of my beloved morning light into the kitchen. We thought about upgrading or simply doing without.
Last week-end, we put another one up. We sat in the shade on our rockers, listened to the fountain, watched our boys try to kill each other on the trampoline, and finally admitted the truth:
we really are canopy people.
Perhaps our neighbors will be speaking to us again by the end of the summer.