Many of us were lucky enough to grow up with a porch - either in the front of the house or the back. If you were very fortunate, you had both. And even if your house didn't have one, your grandparents house probably did. It's just one of the many benefits of growing up in the South. Porches not only offer a shady spot to sit and reflect, they are also the birthplaces to some great ideas. Many a problem was sorted out from the comfort of a squeaky old rocker perched on the faded boards of a country porch. It was also the proper spot to welcome visitors.
Think back to Atticus Finch on his Mississippi porch chatting with neighbors about all manner of issues. And don't forget Andy Taylor on his porch swing providing Opie was sage counsel or picking a guitar as Barney kept time by tapping his toe. Porches are obviously not unique to the South but they just seem to mean more down here. When I think back to visits at my grandparents home in North Carolina, I'm always drawn first to the modest front porch and the two matching rockers. They both looked like they might collapse from the weight of one more user (the rockers, not my grandparents!), but they somehow endured. It is a rock solid memory and one that reminds me just how rock solid my grandparents were as well.
So find a good porch and sit a spell. If you can play a guitar (or any other instrument) have at it. If life has given you some trying issue to ponder, give the porch a chance to help you through it. Or even if you don't have a care in the world, enjoy a gentle breeze and the company of family, friends, or a lazy hound dog who considers this spot his favorite place to take a nap.
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