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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 

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

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  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

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 8:28:00 AM
    TV happened I think. Thanks for a great read. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  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!

  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.