You don’t have to take a walk through the woods to enjoy the wonders of nature. One of my greatest joys is to sit on my front porch and wait silently for the parade of creatures that otherwise mill around unobserved. Some fly by on gossamer wings, others scurry across the porch or through the yard and some amble by totally oblivious to the creature on the porch. Sitting perfectly still is not an absolute requirement. The gentle back-and-forth of a porch swing doesn’t seem to attract much attention.
I’m lucky to have a porch that looks out into the woods where all sorts of creatures make their homes but nature is ubiquitous. My Grandmother’s porch in a rural neighborhood had its visitors including a momma skunk and her babies that frequently peeked over the front of the porch to spy on us ! When I was an apartment dweller, a few potted plants attracted hummingbirds, butterflies, chipmunks and all sorts of insects to my little porch.
I come from a long line of “porch sitters”. My paternal Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother spent hours sitting on the big porch across the front of the family home in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. My maternal ancestors grew up in the New River Valley of Virginia and Southern hospitality always includes an invitation “to sit on the porch a while”.
There are those who might think that porch-sitting is just a waste of time but I vehemently disagree. A porch is an observation platform where cares evaporate and nature entertains.
A porch doesn’t need a fire pit, grill and hot tub. There isn’t lively music or hotly debated topics in the air. Its not referred to as a “deck”.
It is OK to take certain things with you onto the porch: a good book, a cool drink, a sketchbook or a camera are acceptable.
Whispering is preferable.
It is OK to hang a bird feeder in view but otherwise one should never “lure” wildlife into the tranquil scene with food. (I take my bird feeder down at night so that the occasional bear doesn’t get used to dropping by for a snack.)
Treasure the occasional pleasure of the uninvited visitor but respect the nature of the beast. Not all creatures are as docile as Bambi!
Well, off to the porch! Hope you have a great week with at least a little porch-sitting time!