Is there one thing you wish was “the norm” today that took place 40, 50, 100 years ago? For me it’s the absence of the front porch as a community gathering place. As I sit here tonight I can’t help but drift back to a time where it was perfectly normal to show up at the neighbor’s house unannounced and expect to carry on a good evening’s conversation without feeling like you’re keeping them from their busy lives. Where did that time go? How did we get so caught up in the day-to-day rush that we forgot how to slow down and enjoy those around us?
Instead of boring you with a history lesson, I figured I would include a link to a wonderful article on the origins of the American front porch. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CLASS/am483_97/projects/cook/roots.htm
With the invention of the cell phone, GPS, and home computer came a rushed society living on how much we can stuff into our lives in the 24 hours we’re blessed with each day. It’s no longer about taking time and thanking our creator for what we’re given, it’s become more important to rush to each destination and limit our time so that we might get one more thing done each day. Is it wrong to want to accomplish everything we can in the time we’re given each day? I thank not but on the same hand I think we’re slowing moving away from the things that make life worth living; time with loved ones.
The photo’s I’ve decided to share in this particular piece depict a time that is slowing fading from the American landscape. You see family & friends that are laughing, talking, and enjoying the one thing money can’t buy; loved ones.
So here we sit, in front of our computers in a chair that is probably less than comfortable. It’s time to take a deep breath, slow down, and put a couple rockers back out on the front porch and pour some sweet tea. Call the neighbors over and I think human nature will take over at that point. Enjoy…