There is something magical about walking or driving down the street and seeing people sitting on their front porch. A nod of the head, a welcoming wave or perhaps even a handshake and invite for something cold to drink.
Is it possible that in response to sheltering in place, technological changes, and social pressures that the American porch is now returning?
Once upon a time, I imagine the good ol’ American front porch was a place where things of importance would happen, or maybe nothing at all would – for me, right now the later sounds a bit more appealing.
It’s hard to remember life before the internet, netflix, and fortnite but that time did exist. Instead of entertaining ourselves on our coaches we hung out outside with our family, friends and get this… our neighbors. The front porch served as an outdoor living room where people would gather and enjoy a cool summer breeze and each other’s company. It brought the neighborhood together and created some awareness of others.
Today we have more technology, tools, and access to media than ever. It is supposed to help us accomplish more in less time but most everyone I know feels like that they are now busier than ever keeping up with all that they have to do. They are so busy in fact that they now feel they don’t have any time at all. The tools haven’t saved time – they’ve taken it. Perhaps now is the time to disconnect from the tech and connect with the porch… The porch can once again be a place where life slows down a little and allows us some much needed time to reconnect with ourselves, our family and our friends.
Can you imagine for a moment doing nothing more than sitting on a white wooden chair with an iced lemonade in your hand – kids on a front porch swing, making it move back and forth by pushing their outstretched tiny feet against the wooden floor. Oh the life it could be…
My reflection on the good ol’ American porch was inspired by a home I recently put on the market for sale. It’s located at 14689 Academy Oaks Lane in Clovis, CA. Below is a video of the home, I hope you find it as magical and inspiring as I have. If you have any questions on the home or would like to arrange a time for a private viewing please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly at 559-708-8768