Summer afternoons on the front porch were once a common occurrence for families across the country. A time to slow down, rest, and enjoy conversation with friends, family, and neighbors. Porches invite conversation. Whether a porch stoop or a big wrap-around porch with a swing, people gathered and enjoyed a respite from the busyness of a summer day.

I spent many an afternoon on the front porch with my Mom talking, laughing, and sometimes singing. From silly songs like the “itsy-bitsy spider” to great hymns such as “How Great Thou Art,” she carried on a tradition that started with her own parents and siblings gathered on the porch and singing into the evening.

Do you have memories of gathering on the front porch?

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