A Right Fine Settin' Porch

| 9/30/2010 3:20:21 PM

Tags: Front Porch, Porch, Proper Porch, Porch Chairs, Rocking Chairs, Allan Douglas,

There are few things I find more enjoyable than sitting on a proper porch with my beloved and a glass of cold lemonade on a warm summer evening.


This evening is one such. Temperatures during the day had gotten up into the mid 80s, but as the sun slides down behind English Mountain across the valley from us the temperature eases. The sky splashed with pink, rose, mauve and vermillion slowly deepens into amethyst, violet and plum. A few bright stars burn through the gauzy haze of high, thin clouds which provide a canvass for the setting sun to paint upon. To the south the multiple ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains slowly disappear into the dusk.

A Chuck Wills Widow sits in the top of a tree across the hard-road, a hundred feet or so downhill from us, and serenades us with his gentle melody. Crickets chip, cicadas thrum, tree frogs trill.  A flying beetle thumps determinedly against the glass of the porch light. It looks like a June bug, but it’s the wrong time for June bugs, unless he’s a confused June bug. I switch the light off to save him from endangering his well being (and annoying us) and so we can get a clearer view now that the sky is dark.

Front porch

It occurs to me that too many people have lost the art of porch settin’. Many newer homes have no porch to sit on – just a sort of stoop. I suppose one could sit on the step of the stoop, but that’s not the same.  So they seal themselves inside with their air conditioning and televisions and miss the best show around.  A proper porch is a comfortable refuge even in a light rain; though we have no rain tonight.  No, tonight is a perfect porch settn’ night. Warm enough that an icy glass of lemonade is refreshing, cool enough to be comfortable, a light breeze to keep the gnats and skeeters away, and a utopian peacefulness to the sounds of the evening.

12/1/2010 1:39:35 AM

We just bought a 90 yr old farm house in IL. The Bungalo style home has a front porch! When I show friends photos of the house, that is the one thing that they think is fantastic. I can't wait until the spring when the family learns how to relax and learn about "porch time."

Allan Douglas
10/8/2010 2:45:23 PM

Hi Robert, thanks for stopping in to read - and for taking the time to comment. Ah, yes, the good old days of neighbors sitting on the front porch in the evenings and visiting. Young folks don't know what they're missing. Somehow iPhones just don't have the same feeling! Good luck with the new basement/porch project, I hope it goes well and completes quickly so you too may get back to enjoying this simple pleasure.

Robert Peskey
10/8/2010 12:11:29 PM

I grew up in the times when every home had a porch, and well remember the nights of makeing ice cream, visting with neighbors,friends,family,and just setting outside taking in all of the sights and sounds. When we add a new basement to our home, we have made provisons to return to a"Front porch" again.

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