Saturday, June 4, 2005

porch pictures

It strikes me as how the best moments of my life have been spent on porches.

Porches surrounded by the aggressive greenery that will snake around the legs of the lawn furniture if ignored for a day.

Porches with bees humming lazily around the screens on days when the heat makes the kids lsit still long enough to hear your stories of your misspent youth.

Porches filled with guests because I have too many friends for the house to hold.

Porches that let the music float out into the soft spring air.

Porches that shake under feet pounding out a rythm to Aretha singing RESPECT late at night.(ours had to be jacked up & braced after that )

Porches worn smooth by the feet of years & years of girls skipping toward womanhood.

Porches that have no walls to hold secrets .

Porches where girls stop to have their pictures made before they head into the night .Parents sit there and wait for them to come home so they can hear the adventures, a replay of our own young years.

Porches need a rocking chair or two to spend moments between journeys,to sit & think,maybe dream, maybe just stare.

Porches are for kissing,for welcome home & hurry back, for ,"how was your day?" and watching the sun come up.


courtenaymphelan said...

This is poetry...thanks for the memory.......porches are one of my favorite places!!!

gaboatman said...

I love porches.  Sitting on the porch watching the sun come up was a favorite passtime at the last house.  We have no porch at this house.  Nice pics, Marti.  Thanks for sharing with us.

jayveeconcerto said...

This is wonderful! I enjoyed it........Jon

demandnlilchit said...

warm fuzzy feelings huh??? Wonderful entry....loved it!

valphish said...

Your pictures were awesome!  I, too, enjoyed the "outdoors" so much growing up - whether with others or alone.  I loved this entry! xox

karebear4x4 said...

great entry!  i'm must come visit your porch one day   lots of fun there~kbear

joolsinwa said...

I totally appreciate your sentiments, but on a sarasic note: porches that  collect all kinds of untold crap!! LOL  I love our porch , but it  is a magnet for junk, maybe due to it's size.

stormie4851 said...

There is nothing like a front porch in early morning or early evening, a time to enjoy cooler weather in the summer and listen to the birds and watch the squirrels.  And have you ever just sat and listened to the night birds sing, it is so "quiet" with a touch of lonesome.  I enjoy my morning porch time also, just meditating with the Lord and about the Lord and his creation.  Nothing better in the world...........................Stormie  

vaultofsecrets said...

I have never had a porch such as yours. I feel I am missing out on something really special and your pictures are great!
We have decks but I can honestly say I haven't ever thought of it in such a way.
Now I am thinking mosquitos, did you mention mosquitos?
I love your entry.
Wishing you health, happiness and laughter.

galadriel92000 said...

Porches make a house look friendly....and they are great way to keep an eye on the neighbors without appearing too nosy!! LOL  Stand out in the yard and watch your neighbors and they will think you are weird.....sit on a porch and you are just being sociable!!
 Homes without them have a colder walled up look....
   Marie in TN

jmorancoyle said...

Up here in the North we don't spend much time on porches. There's always the kitchen table though. A place where you pull out a deck of cards or a board game, joke, tell stories, have good family time.

ccancu said...

That is simply beautiful!

Unfortunately, my porch is 6 x 6 and 106 degrees.  Kind of takes the fun out of it.

ckays1967 said...

This is my kind of entry.....excellent with enough depth to nudge me along.

I felt and heard each line.  xxoo

ctx424 said...

LOVE this Entry. I too think Porches are great -- you put it into words so well.

jtuwliens said...

Porches are for gently rocking on a squeaky swing made for two, resting my head on my love's shoulder and listening to the beautiful music of nature.
Love the pictures!

galadriel92000 said...

HI Marti..flip back to the interview..I found an old photo in my uniform..poor quality(hey it OLD) ....

tschamberland said...

That was touching!  Got to spend more time on a porch, looks like I've been missing out!  But, aren't kitchens kinda like that?  

b4i8clover said...

This seems like the proper spot to answer your question about music. Nowadays, I don't play (haven't since I was 18.) My early record collection consisted mostly of The Ventures and The Washington Stompers, so that's what I went with.