When I look back at my growing-up years I always think of our front porch in the summer. It was the center of activities of all kinds.
When the weather was hot and humid, Mom fixed a fruit salad for dinner and when Dad got home from work, the five of us ate dinner on the porch. We also played cards and board games there in the evening.
We chatted back and forth with our neighbors,and with the people walking up and down the sidewalk. We knew everyone and found out every bit of news in the neighborhood.
The railing tops served as balance beams on which to practice what we'd learned in school gym class. The bottom of the railing served as first base when we kids played ball in the front yard.
We sat on the steps to share our secrets with our friends, using hushed voices so the adults couldn't hear us as they chatted and drank iced tea. No one was in a hurry.
Our porch was our launching point to run into the rain in our bathing suits and was our shelter when we heard thunder. How we loved standing safely on our porch and enjoying the breezes which seemed always to spring up just before a storm cooled the end of a hot summer day!
As we got older, when our dates arrived to pick us up, it was impossible to leave before everyone in the family talked with them and we enjoyed a cool drink on the porch.
Our front porch was our window to the world then, I still miss it so much!!