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Sitting On The Porch
August 12, 2014 - Joselyn King
Tracy Lawrence once sang, "If the world had a front porch like we did back then ... We'd still have our problems, but we'd all be friends."
Honestly, I think it does much for my daily disposition to have breakfast on my porch in the mornings. It's a wonderful, wrap-around Victorian porch on a hill with an expansive view of the neighborhood below. There's most always a cross breeze, as well as the a siting of a squirrel or a couple of deer.
It's my spot in the world.
Prior to breakfast, I often take a walk through the neighborhood .... and can't help but notice the porches on the homes below. Some are well-utilized by their neighbors. Others have beautiful outside spaces where much thought appears to have been placed, though they don't appear to be much used.
In one case, a neighbor has a spacious front porch -- which seems to be doing service as an overflow storage garage. I cringe. (If your belongings outgrow your home, perhaps it's time to purge.)
And one neighbor is especially blessed. He has a front porch, a side gazebo, a back porch and a pool area to enjoy. I spoke with him recently as he stood on the sidewalk carefully assessing changes to the landscaping he planned to make.
I complimented his work, and I shouldn't have been surprised he asked me to come have a tour of the back of the house. People with outdoor spaces are open, friendly people. (Wonder how he gets along with the people next door with the six-foot fence?)
I asked him if he ever had breakfast, lunch or dinner in his outdoor spaces. I learned the front porch was pretty much for decoration. He used to eat exclusively in the gazebo, but that was before he put the pool in the backyard in recent years. Sometimes they use the back porch, but he said it was hard to beat sitting around the pool and looking at the water. Didn't know the guy. But I have to think he's pretty cool and fortunate.
I've been known to use my porch area as soon as April, and as late as November -- depending on the weather.
As the summer comes to a close, there come's the realization the world will soon be shutting down, and going inside until next year.
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