It has been very chilly here so far this month and I long for days that are warm with periods of sunshine….that kind of sunshine that makes you remember when you were a child playing outside with the neighborhood kids
I think about when the sun was streaming through the front windows in that way only the sun can do, with the doors open and the air moving the curtains in the windows.
When warm weather comes there is just nothing like a front porch to sit on. I consider myself a porch person, most likely inspired by the influence of my grandmother's porch. On her porch, I recall sitting with family and friends watching it rain, listening to birds, smelling newly mowed grass and having countless conversations. Those are special memories I’ll always cherish.
The porch was the center of activity during those visits at her house, particularly for the children. The inside of the house wasn't all that small but our family was large. When Aunts, Uncles and cousins visited there were a lot of people. My mother was one of 10 children and I have over 30 cousins. We often visited in the summer and when it was hot out, the porch was an escape from the sweltering indoors, where my grandmother usually had her biscuits in the oven. There were always biscuits served at every meal
Of course there were assorted chairs scattered around on the porch and not only one but two porch swings. Sometimes my siblings and our cousins would pile into the swing and we would try to test its limits to see just how high it could go.
It's no surprise the tradition of gracing an American home with a front porch goes back to the early days of the country's history. It's a room without walls, a simple, peaceful space where we can watch the world go by while lazy breezes caress our hair, where it's so quiet we can hear the bees tumbling in the geraniums.
Most days it's been too chilly to sit on my front porch so far this Spring. Soon warmer days will come and I'll head to the campground and my little place in the woods. The nice thing is that I do have a deck in front of my camper. It's shaded with a nice awning and there is a wonderful view...almost as good if not better than sitting on my front porch.
It's FANTASTIC Friday - have a great day every one!