Mr. Smathers and Brent enjoying some glorious porch time on the Smather’s porch in Raymond, Mississippi

Porch Time

In many ways, the front porch represented the American ideal of family. The porch, in essence, was an outdoor living room, where the family could retire after the activities of a long day. In the evenings, as the outdoor air provided a cool alternative to the stuffy indoor temperatures, the entire family would move to the front porch. The children might play in the front yard or the friendly confines of the neighborhood, while the parents rocked in their chairs, dismissing the arduous labors and tasks of the day into relaxation and comfort. Stories might be told, advice garnered, or songs sung. Whatever the traditions and manners of the family might be could be offered in this setting. What the family room of post World War II America would become, existed first as the front porch. As stated in an introductory quote, the front porch was truly “a place for family and friends to pass the time”(Out on the Porch 65).

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had. ~ Anon

“. . . there used to be front porches. And people sat there sometimes at night, talking when they wanted to talk, rocking, and not talking when they didn’t want to talk. Sometimes they just sat there and thought about things, turned things over. . . .they had time to think. .”
—From Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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