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Whatever happened to sitting out

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Whatever happened to sitting out

Recollections after dinner: 

When evening came how the neighbors gathered,
on the front porches and all the kids rode bicycles and screamed,
"Look Ma, no hands!"  The reply was always a soft voice,  "Dear be careful"

The dads were on one side of the porch and the moms on the other. Talks of what 
had happened that day were ongoing, combined with what was going to happen. 
Halloween,  Christmas, Vacation, schools out and mom relieved of packing the daily 
brown bag lunches.   

It was a time when favorite recipes were discussed and who would host the next 
backyard cook out of hamburgers, hot dogs and bring a dish. Dads talked of their 
next fishing trip and how the big one always got away. The subject of college never 
came up.

No one had a TV and the radio drifted through the screen doors allowing the music 
to softly  flow out onto the blissful porch. 

Miss Jenny was always late getting to the porch due to her arthritis which was the biggest health problem, unless you fell down and broke your leg but that was 
reserved for kids.

Everyone had an old oak tree in the yard as it made things cooler.  Window fans 
were prominent because they drew the air out from underneath the tree into the 
house.  

Whatever happened to sitting out?  I miss it ....
 

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  1. Date: 7/19/2015 6:19:00 AM
    Judy.. Congrats on your first place placement in Carol's "Story" contest.. Your story was a trip into yesteryear. Love those memories!

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/19/2015 10:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    keep on singing lyric man....Happy Sunday....friend coming over with her yorkie dog to visit my cat...hmmmm
  1. Date: 7/16/2015 7:35:00 PM
    I have a sudden craving for lemonade! Congratulations, I enjoyed sitting on your front porch.

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    And I enjoyed having you there....you didn't have far to walk to get back to your house....that was another great part of yesteryear.
  1. Date: 7/16/2015 12:27:00 PM
    I still do it any chance I get. It calms and sooths the weary soul. Thank you for bringing back such great memories, Judy. Elaine C. George

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes as do I...but its mostly just my household...times changed....we had the best of times is my opinion
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 9:14:00 PM
    Judy, I just stopped by to say congratulations on your win :-) Alexis

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Alexis...appreciate it
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 10:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Carol Eastman “Story Poem Contest” Hugs Eve

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Eve....
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 2:07:00 AM
    JUDY, Congrats in Carol's story poem win. always ~~ LINDA ~~

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Destroyer....look out here comes PD..CHEERS!
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 12:21:00 AM
    Judy, Congratulations on your sweet win. Love SKAT

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Boot SKAT and Boogie...
  1. Date: 7/13/2015 5:34:00 PM
    Lovely reminiscence, Judy. Only one problem at our house — the mosquitoes kept carrying off the kids:-) My fave part is Miss Jenny with her "arthur-itis" plus the broken leg reserved for kids:-) I'll bet every one of the kids had a broken arm at one time or another, am I right?

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/13/2015 6:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're always right John saving the world one giggle at a time!
  1. Date: 7/13/2015 2:09:00 PM
    what wonderful descriptive memories - so glad you put this is the contest Judy - many congrats:-) hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 5:47:00 PM
    In my memory, the therapy from sitting out was only exceeded by the peace associated with shelling peas on the front porch with neighbors.... Ah... I remember well.... congrats on a great win.... Jake

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes indeed....Shelling peas....uh huh...I remember...wow
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 8:28:00 AM
    TV happened I think. Thanks for a great read. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Joyce...Good to hear from you always...
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 7:25:00 AM
    Beautifully written! This piece makes you yearn for those front porch days. Congrats thanks for submitting Kim!

    Konos Avatar Judy Konos
    Date: 7/16/2015 7:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I tried those porch days today ...Yes I did...It was 97 and the porch "daze" set in fast....you know long ago I do not recall us complaining about the heat? hmmmm maybe we had too much Lemonade back then?
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 11:57:00 PM
    Judy I think it has changed its name to modern living, where tv rules, trays on laps, no more family. Ideals. What a blasted shame.shall we make a stand for a revival? "let sit outs rule" ....Seren

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 11:27:00 PM
    Congrats on your placing! Those were the days....

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 8:11:00 AM
    Judy, so true, that's why we built a nice patio and we're so glad we did---you put those old days so perfectly here!

  1. Date: 5/7/2013 8:23:00 PM
    Very descriptive poem Judy, I really enjoyed this it brought a smile to my face I miss those day too xxx

  1. Date: 5/7/2013 5:45:00 PM
    I once wrote one about sitting on a porch sipping ice tea and watching the kids play in the sprinkler while a dog chased a car down the street. I can totaly feel the mood you created with your poem. Definately a simpler time, also it was too hot to stay in the house without airconditioning.