Once upon a time before air-conditioning in every home in America. Families would sit on the front porch. You would see well worn yet grandma comfortable rocking chairs or a swing. Did you ever wonder why all older homes had a large front porch? Before rocking around the clock was a hit, you could rock on the front porch. Rock away the stress and keep cool.
On the hot evenings you watch the sun slowly disappear, drink freshly squeezed lemonade and if it was a real scorcher you might get lucky and make homemade ice cream. Wow that was a real treat to the youngins. Kids sitting on the edge of the wooden porch dangling their legs. Listening to the older ones telling stories and then look at your brother in disbelief and then giggle not knowing what the word meant grandpa said. Slang of country folk.
Simple people enjoying the most basic of pleasures. Bacon, eggs and biscuits for every breakfast. Fried chicken with biscuits and taters of all kinds fer supper. Sunday afternoon at grandma and gramdpa's house was fer visiting. Family and kin you never seen before would drop by. Uncle Cecil couldn't stay long cause he just escaped from prison. Uncle Maynard who spent most of his life in the Army. Then there was crazy uncle John or alcoholic aunt Malbelle. Uncle Floyd was a womanizer and con artist who never worked a day in his life.
The prejudice talk that was thrown around I never understood or bought into, it just didn't make sense. All of them words I heard used by my hillbilly side of my family would be incorrect today.
At the age of 59 I laugh because it appears to me we all are part of all races that my ancestors made fun of back then. Most don't know what lies in our ancestrial closet. Seems we all are a mixture of all races and that is certainly where we are headed as the world becomes one.
Appears that I have always been out of tune with everything! I don't think I ever have been in tune with that side of my upbringing.
IT IS FUNNY HOW THINGS THAT YOU HEAR AS A KID STICK IN YOUR MIND AND YOU NEVER FORGET THE GOOD OR THE BAD.
MOSTLY THE FRONT PORCH HAPPENINGS ARE FAMILY TOGETHERNESS FUN HEARTFELT LEARNING EXPERIENCES THAT HELP YOU TO DETERMINE WHO YOU REALLY ARE. WELL THAT IS MY BELIEF ON THIS MATTER ANYHOW. IT IS FORTUNATE THAT I HAD MY MOMS FAMILY FRONT PORCH AND HER NON PREJUDICE WAYS TO HELP CONTERACT. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. BRAINWASHING CAN SIT IN IF YOU CANNOT HAVE DIFFERENT SIDES AND A MIND CAPABLE OF EVALUATION.
A point of view from GLEN VIEW.