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Memories Of A Porch Swing

How an old porch swing helped shape my childhood

A porch swing has a charm like nothing else in or around a home, providing a relaxing, down-home, country atmosphere no matter where one happens to live. Some of my fondest memories revolve around the old, worn porch swing that used to adorn my childhood home.

I remember my mom sitting in that old porch swing at twilight, carefully watching over us as we scampered around the yard chasing fireflies and listening to our own squeals of delight four or five times as they echoed back and forth between the hills and down the "holler".

With eight kids to feed, she would usually be breaking beans, shelling peas, shucking corn, or preparing some other vegetables that she had picked from the garden earlier that day. And of course she would be humming an old hymn.

I also remember my dad sitting in that same old porch swing on a lazy Sunday afternoon, guitar in hand, enjoying the breeze while singing a country or Gospel tune. He could play with the best of them, but only for his and our personal enjoyment, not money, even though he easily could have.

Even after all these years I can still recall sitting in that swing myself, just listening to the soothing sounds of the bullfrogs from the nearby creek in an evening chorus with the crickets and whippoorwills.

And who could forget those hot muggy summer nights when it was simply too hot to stay inside? Mom's love, a cold slice of watermelon, and that old porch swing were the foundation upon which my favorite memories were built and remain strong.

I've heard it said that the best part of life still lies ahead, and I believe that to be true. But the memories of my boyhood and the way it revolved around that old porch swing will remain with me always.

About the author:

Rick Rouse is the owner of RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources.

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