Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Remember When: Porches

Sitting out in the front yard is something that just isn't done here in Arizona. They don't even build houses with these wonderful front porches any more. Do they build them anywhere?

Porches were for meeting with family, for playing with dolls and/or cars, for eating watermelon. Most of all they were for hearing stories as the older folks sat and talked and passed on the family lore, local lore and wisdom they had learned in the same way as children.

Can you imagine your grandparents and distant cousins sitting on this porch with their heads bent over their mobile phones? To me this is one of the saddest parts of modern society. No talking, no sharing, no face-to-face conversation.

Porches are for relaxing. For sitting back and listening to the sounds of children at play or crickets in the bushes. What a stress-buster!

I remember sitting on porches especially in those old metal lawn chairs. There were stories told over and over of what this aunt or uncle did as a child to get in trouble. The time grandad caught a snapping turtle out at the creek.

Think back. Do you have porch stories? Write about them.