My kids decided to go over the edge on Mother’s Day. They purchased my wife an “A” frame porch swing and my wife decided to just use the porch swing and attach it to the frame of the front porch. Now, our front porch is already equipped with rocking chairs and a propane grill. Now, we have a swing to boot! Maybe I’m just being too cantankerous, but a swing wouldn’t hurt anybody. Matter of fact, I really don’t think it matters what you have on your porch or how big it is. What really matters is what happens on the porch. Some folks say front porch, back porch, deck, veranda, portico, but whatever you call it, everyone knows what it really is. This is the place where everyone is greeted when they arrive to your home. The porch is where you have your memorable moments. This is where your kids or grandkids are placed to have their summer watermelon or ice cream (because you definitely do not want that kind of mess in the house). This is where you sit to just enjoy the evening or watch the sunrise with your morning coffee. From your porch, you wave goodbye to your children leaving for a new home and you welcome newly born family on this porch.
As a child, I spent a lot of back porch summers shucking corn and shelling black-eyed peas. That’s also where I spent a lot of time putting together toys and thinking of creative ways to modify Black Cat Fireworks. I don’t do things like that anymore, but I do cherish every conversation we have on our front porch. Those types of thoughts I remember the most. I couldn’t tell you the last time I spent on the back porch of my childhood home, but I can tell you that my current home porch carries the same vibe. Leigh Ann and I have raised our children similar to our upbringing. We show them the wonder of eating real food, getting dirty (as long as you stay on the porch), not letting cherry tomatoes make it from the garden to the house, playing with the corn hair while shucking corn, rocking in the chair until it’s coffee time and anything you can think of on this porch.
Enjoy the approaching hot weather, make memories and just have fun with your family!
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MARTIN GONZALES is the Atascosa County Historical Commission Chairman. If you have history to share, you may contact him at 830-480-2741.