Back porch days…
Do you have memories of sitting on your back porch or in your back yard, on a late summer evening, as the lightening bugs drift across the lawn and you unwind from the day? Or perhaps sitting there for morning prayer in the early morning as the breeze comes in from your garden…
Here at our House of Welcome we have a back porch where we often eat our dinner. On festive occasions, it is often festooned with twinkle lights, crepe paper, and various brightly colored decorations.
Today, I am eating my breakfast out here. As I greet the day, I can feel the early morning breeze, hear birdsong, and the traffic on our street. To be honest, our back porch is not neat and pristine, as some would like it. Rather, it is as they say, “lived in.” We have plants and our gardening tools, our lawn chairs we take to Shakespeare in the park, our bicycle pump, and various and sundry other items that we want close at hand. It also houses the extra freezer we need for our large community and a table that will sit up to 14 people if we squeeze tight.
What you can’t see are the memories – the laughter – the raised glasses at the departure of a beloved community member – or the late-night conversations when one of us, just needed to talk a while.
So, today I celebrate these moments and give thanks for the places where we can gather. Today, I give thanks for our back porch.
Why not, take a few moments this day to reflect on those places in your life where you can greet the day, unwind, and celebrate life. Then, make some more memories.