Monday, August 24, 2009


A front porch is a happy place for us. A southern front porch with a glass of iced tea in the summertime seems like the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting. Paul and I worked steadily over the last two months on making Colin and Jennifer a swing for their front porch in celebration of Eva's birth. As Paul was sawing, sanding, and bolting it together, I kept thinking about how much Colin and Jennifer might delight in a quiet place to sit with their busy family at the end of the day. The night we delivered it, Paul and I sat on it together with Annelise and Nehemiah. They were wide-eyed as they watched the flicker of candlelight and listened to the night sounds. We made a mosquito netting enclosure to protect them from the biting insects.

Paul and I have a favorite spot on our upper porch where we sit late at night with a cup of coffee to finish out the day. Sometimes we silently watch the moon and stars. Other times we talk while watching the fireflies lighting up in the woods. Although we don't have close neighbors to be bothered by our conversation, we tend to speak softly as though the time together is sacred; like being in a church. If you haven't had time to sit on the porch lately, tonight might be the right time. Enjoy.