There is absolutely no better way to watch a thunderstorm than from a porch swing. Even a hammock is only a close second when compared to sitting on your swing and watching the clouds roll in. Beyond watching storms roll in there are many other things you can do from the comfort of your porch that just make the day seem like a perfect day.
Perhaps it’s the fact that I grew up in the south that left me with such an affinity for my porch swing, but no house is a home until it has one of these great devices. They aren’t really all that expensive, especially when compared to patio furniture or many of the other home features that people spend a great deal of time and money on. It’s also a feature that makes your home just seem friendly and open to visitors rather than unapproachable. I guess the proper term would be neighborly; at least that is what we call it in the south. And how could one not be neighborly while sipping a glass of wine from his or her front porch swing?
In addition to providing a neighborly air to the home and the home owners, a front porch swing will be the place you build wonderful memories with your children, watching them romp about and play in the yard or on the porch, watching storms and stars together and having those late night conversations about lightning bugs and whether or not the moon really is made of cheese. Some of my greatest childhood memories involved our front porch swing and I hope that my children will enjoy those same wonderful memories and share them with their children.
We live in a world that is becoming so much smaller and at the same time so impersonal. We talk to family by cell phone and IM rather than going to visit, we travel the Internet super highway at lightning fast speeds and many of us don’t even leave our homes in order to work. We order delivery for flowers, groceries, dinners, even diapers and find fewer and fewer reasons to slow down and actually interact with the world. Maybe that reason alone is why I hold my porch swing as one of my most prized possessions. It is my place to stop, look around, greet my neighbors, and touch base with the real world.