A Delightful Front Porch Experience…

 In Reflections

“A British porch is a musty, forbidding non-room in which to fling a sodden umbrella or a muddy pair of boots; a guard against the elements and strangers. By contrast the good ol’ American front porch seems to stand for positivity and openness; a platform from which to welcome or wave farewell; a place where things of significance could happen.” —Dan Stevens, English actor

Never having lived in a home with a wide front porch, I had my first experience this past weekend of what English actor Dan Stevens spoke about American front porches in the quote above: “a platform from which to welcome or wave farewell…”

With no backyard, the front porch was the place to be for Toffee, the young Husky I had the joy of taking care of.

From the early hours of the morning until about 8pm at night, Toffee and I spent as much time as possible observing squirrels, people, dogs, cats, and more go by. But the highlights for both of us were when people (often with dogs) would stop by to say hello and ask about Toffee’s owner, Nancy.

Loving my privacy, I’ve never longed for a front porch to sit upon. But now I get it. The warm, welcoming sense of being part of a community was delightful. It only takes a few minutes to stop by to say ‘hello’ and ask about your neighbor, but the gift of connection it offers can linger for days.

Whether you have a front porch or not, how might you bring a bit of the front porch experience into your life this week? Is there a neighbor you can stop to say hello to and ask about their day? Or even a pause you can take in front of your house or apartment building to simply watch the world go by, imagining you’re sitting on a porch swing.

Who knows? Something of significance could happen, like feeling a warm sense of welcome inside and a knowing you might have put that same welcome in someone else’s heart.

May you experience the warmth, welcome, and joys of connection many a front porch can offer.

Porch Lights

“Heaven is a house with porch lights.”
–Ray Bradbury

God is Everywhere

“The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary… Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.” — Mark Nepo

Without a Word

“A best friend is someone with whom you can sit on the porch, without a word, and then walk away with the feeling that it was the best conversation that you ever had in your life.” — Paulo Coelho

The Front Porch Swing

Sitting in the front porch swing,
With a cool wind in your face,
Can cause one to dream.
Of another time and place.

Back when times were simple,
Times you cannot replace,
Life was easy going then,
People moved a slower pace.

Swinging in the old porch swing,
Troubles seemed to fade,
And the problems of the day,
Could somehow be delayed.

The perfect place to sit and talk,
Are to wild away the hours,
To breath in all the country air,
And smell the garden flowers.

Sitting in the swing at twilight,
As darkness comes along,
Watching all the lightning bugs,
Listening to the crickets song.

Maybe your dear Grandma,
Sat in the swing with you,
And told you many stories,
Of all the things she knew.

There was always lots of gossip,
Coming from the old porch swing,
When neighbors got together,
You might hear most anything.

When I think of the old porch swing,
And all it does impart.
It leaves me with fond memories,
And a warm place in my heart.

—Richard Netherland Cook, Source: PoemHunter.com

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