Southern Belle Magazine May 2013, Issue 1 - Page 78

W h e re We Ga ther By Becca Horne er to share their day, the latest gossip, recipes and just observe and acknowledge the rhythm of life, front porches were an important part of a community's identity. These days - in an electronic gadget age - it is easy to text and social media our way through a summer twilight, a golden sunset and the general ebb and flow of life. We love to dress and decorate our porches, and there are some lovely inviting vignettes that welcome people to our door. But do we use them? Do we take advantage to unwind, unbend, decompress and play catch-up with our family and friends? Front porches… we love them. Once a place for neighbors and family to gath- Life, at its best, is fast-paced, non-stop whirl of motion these days. We, at Southern Belle Magazine, invite you not only to share your front porches with us, but to use them. Sit a spell. Remember what stillness feels like and what is sounds like. Take a sacred delight in the beautiful spaces you have created. Breathe deeply, sip some tea, allow your thoughts to wander. You never know what you might discover or rediscover. 78