“The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.” ~ Unknown
These lazy, hazy days of summer remind me of the best porch sitter I have ever known – my maternal grandmother. An old-fashioned kind of grandmother, she always had an apron covering her ample body, every child she saw she turned her inside out with glee and her greatest pleasure in life was feeding any man, woman or child in her presence. There were always wonderful food scents emanating from her kitchen.
Grandmother took great pride in growing things including friendships gained from her command post – the front porch of her home. There she sat frequently always in her rocking chair – shelling peas, nipping the ends off green beans or mending clothing. All the neighbors knew and loved her – she was the grandmother of everyone’s dreams. How blessed I and my siblings were to have her in our lives – she lived for ninety-nine and one half years!
Project Muse, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, has published several very interesting articles about porch sitting being a ‘creative southern tradition.’ There’s more to the art of porch sitting than one would ever think. Improved communication, skills important to democracy and a host of social benefits are cited as good reasons for returning to this once popular leisure time activity. Here s a link to one of the articles if you’d like to read it.
Today, I am going to take a little down time to do some porch sitting and ponder what Merle Shain once said “The people in your life are like the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it’s enough to know they are standing by.”
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