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Front Porch Sittin’

The Beauty of Front Porch Sittin’

When I first started this blog, I had to sit and think about what I would write about. I was trying to decide between this and a music blog, but I decided to go with the Southern lifestyle blog. I thought, I am going to be surrounded by music for the rest of my life. Why shouldn’t I do something different? Here we are, almost six weeks in and I am so glad I chose this topic.

At the beginning, I spoke about being inspired by our time spent in quarantine on the front porch. Front porch sittin’ is something that you don’t hear people talk much about anymore. I think that’s sad because people used to spend the majority of their time on their porches. In a way, I think they were happier living like that. Sometimes, I wish we could have the time to sit on our front porches. I suppose that is something I will have to be more intentional about in the future!

Front Porch Sittin'

Front Porch State of Mind

I want to offer you some quotes to get you into the mindset of the front porch sittin’ way of life:

” Make your front porch a part of your home, and it will make you a part of the world.” -John Sarris

“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

Similar to our eyes, our front porches are like the windows into our souls. They’re the first thing you see on a house, and they should be welcoming! There is nothing more inviting about a person’s home than having a nice front porch with rocking chairs, flowers, and a front porch swing.

If you don’t have a front porch, that’s just fine. I am wondering where you sit, though? I suppose if you want privacy, you could sit on your back porch. However, I don’t think it’s as much fun because then you can’t talk to your neighbors to see what everyone is up to. You also can’t see if someone is approaching your house, which could be helpful in many situations. Whether it’s an unwanted visitor or a relative you haven’t seen in months, you would know exactly how to mentally prepare 🙂

Things to Do on the Front Porch

From my own personal experience, there are a ton of things to do while you’re front porch sittin’. Quarantine forced us to all get creative in the things we did at our homes. Here are a few that you can do whenever:

  • Read a book- My favorites are “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey and “Live” by Sadie Robertson
  • Embroider or Knit- I love doing needlepoint, especially on clothing
  • Whittling- Be careful not to cut yourself!
  • Chat with friends or family- This one is my favorite
  • Sun bathe- This could be combined with all of the above
  • Watch a movie- Especially fun at nighttime
  • Eat- Something really special about eating your meals outside
  • Paint- Watercolor painting is very enjoyable
  • Play music- Nothing better than a front porch jam
  • Nap- Falling asleep in the sun is not recommended 🙂

The fact that summer is approaching makes me so happy because I’ll finally be able to do all of these things again! What are your favorite things to do in the summer?

Memories

Just thinking about front porch sittin’ has brought back so many memories of when I was little. I can remember sitting on the front porch swing with my Papa when I was a little girl. We all used to gather around on the porch, sitting on the swing and the rocking chairs. Papa would sing to us and we would all listen. Sometimes, my Dad would join in and sing harmonies. Papa is no longer with us, but I will never forget those times we used to spend on the front porch swing.

My Aunt Theresa (“Let the Ladies Do the Talkin“) also had a front porch swing at her house, so we would always sit out there in the summertime when I was little. As a family, we all love music so much, and she used to sing to me, too. She told me stories, she would paint my nails, do my hair, and whatever else we could do on that swing. The best times were when the whole family got together at her house and we would all sit on the front porch. I bet some of her neighbors disliked us because the laughter coming from that place was so loud. There’s never a dull moment with this family, so laughter can always be heard coming from us.

Looking to the Future

I can tell that this front porch life is starting to fade away. The houses in the cities are not being built with front porches, and everyone lives in the city nowadays. We cannot let this simple way of life slip away. Even if you don’t have a front porch, you can set up chairs in your yard and do all the things I just talked about. The biggest thing to remember is that it’s not about the front porch sittin’ by itself, it’s about taking time to slow down.

Imagine one day in the future, it’s a nice summer day and you’re sitting on your front porch swing. Your neighbor walks by and you strike up a conversation about the local happenings. Luckily, you’ve already prepared a pitcher of sweet tea and the mason jars are at the ready. After sipping for a little while, your neighbor leaves and you’re there to enjoy the rest of your day on the front porch swing. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

front porch sittin'

I hope you’ll help me in keeping the front porch way of life alive and well. I will definitely have a front porch on my house in the future, so come over sometime and enjoy a nice jar of sweet tea with me!

Do you have a fun story to share about life on the front porch? You should share it with me on the Stories Form!

Don’t forget to check out my two blogs from this week- “Southern Sayings” and “Baking Sweet Tea Cupcakes

Your support means everything to me and thank you for keeping up with these posts! Sweet Tea Sippin’ isn’t done, yet! Stay tuned for more content and posts this summer!

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