I miss them. They were so inviting and welcoming. What a great place to hang out and do nothing or everything. I love the covered porches that have plenty of room for a swing, small table and chairs and lots of plants and flowers. It’s the perfect room in any house! I want one, I need one, I gotta have one!!
It’s the magical place where anything can happen from romance, seedy gossip, family talks or neighborly chats. I just read an article in Country Living Magazine where a city in Georgia has a community that is bringing back front porches and I couldn’t be happier. As a matter fact, each new home-built in that community is required to have a front porch. I would love that requirement, heck can I get a clothesline in the backyard too?
Covered porches are those wonderful rooms that aren’t really rooms but still function as an extension of the house. It’s the first place you see coming home and the last view you have when leaving. It’s that, “Ahhhhh, I’m home!”, moment we all love. That’s where you go when the weather starts warming up just ’cause you NEED to be outside after having been stuck inside all winter. That long, cold winter that everyone is over as soon as Christmas is finished with, that’s when you want to be back outside, in the warmth of the sun. Go away winter, you’ve had your fun!
The over sized porch swing where you can read a favorite book, take a nap or have intimate discussions and snuggle time with your honey. There can be a little seating area with a small table and chairs to drink your morning coffee and wave a howdy do to the neighbors. It’s a place to rock the grand baby to sleep as the wind blows in warm air to help lull them to sleep. It’s the perfect place to sit in the gentle rain as the world takes a shower. Listening and watching the rain fall can be as hypnotic as watching a fire burn. Get yourself a little heater and blanket and you’re all set to be cozy and warm on a chilly evening with friends. A front porch is where time slows down.
If I could put a covered front porch on my house and a clothesline in my backyard I would be content. There’s nothing that smells quite so refreshing as clothes that have been dried in the sun, the freshness, the crispness and I swear they seem brighter. I can’t quite describe the smell but if you’ve had your clothes dried on a line you would know. Wonderful, and that’s all I have to say about that.
We need to bring front porches back to communities. We need to get to know our neighbors and work on that all important “Howdy Neighbor” wave. Just to be able to take a moment while sitting with your honey and enjoying a cold drink, now that sounds like a perfect memory in the making. Oh the stories that could be told on the good ol’ front porch as the world rushes by.