The crisp air at the onset of fall is best partaken of and savored in one place – the porch. Traditionally, the porch is the anteroom of the house; an architectural purgatory that is neither the street nor the foyer. The welcome mat of rooms, it’s where you sat in peaceable weather, ready to receive guests. In this fashion, your company could be in your house but not IN your house. In those days, porch sitting was an event in itself; an architectural throne presenting the lord and lady of the manor to the outside world. Or, merely, just a place to shell peas.
In today’s homes, however, the various functions of porches have evolved. They’ve been given the job of outdoor family room, made for lounging, dining and general quiescence. During this transition, they’ve no longer solely relegated to the staid position in front of the house; they adjoin wherever a view, a chair and a cocktail are called for. A staple of the Southern home, the porch is an everyday vacation spot, offering rest, conversation and overall escape from the daily pressures of inside life.
If you’re in want of a break today, shed the laborious mantel of responsibility and go out on the porch for a minute. Wrap yourself in the refreshing fall air. I bet you’ll find yourself refueled and made better.
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