PORCHES. I once wrote a little piece called “Where have all the porches gone.” I’ve been thinking a LOT about that lately. I think I’m going to start a new category on my Blog called PORCHES.
I’m not sure how this will “sit” with anyone who happens to read or see what I include. I suppose I’m taking somewhat of a risk. But I feel so strongly about the topic of COMMUNICATION / CONVERSATION that I’m feeling courageous. Brave. At least for today. The FIRST DAY of OCTOBER. And yes… a little bit nervous. I think it might help to re-post what I wrote about porches as a kind of introduction. I’ll hope for and appreciate feedback. NOT the “like” kind, I guess. In my somewhat reluctant start on Facebook, and the creating of a Blog, I’ve hoped to follow counsel to post things which are meaningful. I get a kick out of posting things which make me laugh out loud. But I also love posting things which have made me think. Deeply. Doing some earnest considering and pondering. I have an idea that this new PORCH category might do some of that (for mee even if for no one else).
So now I need to quit “wandering around” and post the porch thing and “git ‘er done!” This new category is going to be about “creating a porch feeling” in our relationships, in our communication. I’ll try to remember to post something on Facebook whenever I have something new in this category on my Blog (MEEThinks.net). I want to know what YOU think. Thank you.
I’ve been thinking about porches. If we were together, I’d ask you to sing with me: “Where have all the porches gone?” For years I’ve had this thing on my mind about porches. That’s one of the things which has changed about the pace of life. When I was little, it seemed that more homes had porches, and more people used them. I loved it when Palmers would be out on the porch, maybe with Roland playing his guitar and singing. I loved it that Joneses were out on their porch as I’d roller skate by (although I didn’t appreciate it when they laughed when I’d crash). I love Kent and Karen’s porch with the big, comfortable swinging bench (what’s the “real” name for those wonderful inventions?). There’s a big tree near for shade. I think we’d all be better off if there were more porches. We’d be more in touch with each other. Porches bring people together. Several of my neighbors will line up chairs along the front of their home, and anyone is welcome to stop by and sit and visit for a while. Almost like a porch. A friendly, welcoming feeling. Do you have a porch? Or could you just put some chairs out in the front yard? A porch doesn’t need to be fancy. In fact, it seems that some of the porches on brand new homes might only be there for decoration — some look like they’ve never been used. Some aren’t even wide enough for a chair. Maybe you live in an apartment on the 15th floor, but where it’s possible, could you create a porch-like feeling? Maybe someone could play a guitar or harmonica once in a while. Maybe you’d even like to sing. I love doing that with friends and family — gathering and singing the familiar songs and visiting. Solving world problems. Sharing burdens and joys. Sitting quietly. I once heard a family described as “world-class porch sitters.” I love the sound and feel of that.
If you live in a neighborhood where there are several porches, you could form a porch association. Nothing formal with dues and rules … just a fun way to encourage each other and act organized. I’ve got a little porch (room for one at a time). I think I’m suffering from porchlessness. Do you feel it ever? I’m thinking seriously of saving pennies and expanding out towards the driveway and having a real porch. Ask me about it the next time you see me. And think about doing something which will create a porch-like feeling where you live.
I was tempted to make changes (it’s been quite a few years since I wrote this), but I’ve decided to include it just the way it was when I first wrote it. This new category is going to be about “creating a porch feeling” in our relationships, in our communication. I’ll try to remember to post something on Facebook whenever I have something new in this category on my Blog (MEEThinks.net).
ENJOY THE BEGINNING OF MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR!!