Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Porch Sitting

Summer nights of my childhood and teen years often involved porch sitting. Sitting on the porch of my great grandma's big white rambling house visiting with her, drinking an icee from the convenience store up the street. The memory of the rough, scratchy outdoor carpet on my grandparents porch under a starry sky, where I sat cross legged listening to my grandpap tell stories from his childhood when he roamed the same hills visible from his front porch. Loafing in a lawn chair, my feet propped up on concrete ledge of a friends front porch watching cars pass by, discussing the weeks latest crush and who was going out with whom. Spending half the night in that same position because the night air was cooler than the humid house and the porch afforded us some privacy from her siblings.

In this hectic day and age, I feel like porch sitting is a bit of a lost art. There is so much rushing back and forth, to and fro, that people rarely take time to sit and savor the day. Not only is it a great way to unwind and relax, but its also an amazing way to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty of the day passing on to the next phase of time. Hanging out on the porch is a great way to connect--with friends catching up, with family to find out how their day went, or calling a random hello to a passerby.

I'm not sure if its a small town way of life or not, but I hope that at some point this summer, you can all enjoy a simple evening watching life unfold from the comfort of a friendly porch. There's nothing like it, I promise.