Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tales From a Front Porch Swing

Oh...what tales our front porch swing could tell.  When we moved from our previous home near the bayou to the solitude of the country, this swing came with us.  The buyer of our home hoped to keep the swing, but I told her I couldn't part it.  For you see, this swing provides memories too rich to give it up.

This swing held a newlywed couple as they spent hours eagerly talking about the new journey which lay ahead of them.  It later became a place of solitude and prayer for a young wife and husband who desperately desired a child, but were met with years of infertility.  In God's timing, this swing softly rocked their first son to sleep while he was sheltered in his mother's arms, a prayer of thanksgiving on her lips. Even later, it held two giggling brothers as they tried to see how high they could swing before their mom or dad stopped them. It has stood steadfast in the sun, wind, and rain as it watched the two boys grow to adulthood.  It cherishes those two young men as they come home and sit on the swing while catching up on life. Later, after the boys go off into the big world again, it holds their mother as she smiles and rejoices at the time they have had together.

It has created irreplaceable memories as it has held those who have been loved deeply, but have gone to live with our Lord. Newlyweds as well as couples celebrating over 50 years of married life enjoy the gentle sway of the swing.  It is a favorite place for holding hands and quiet talks.  The swing knows that love is limitless and without boundaries.    

Many good books have been read on this swing and it is a perfect spot for daydreaming.  It works magic as it softly lulls a guest into a nice afternoon nap.  It has been covered in spilled sweet tea and sticky chunks of watermelon.  A cup or two of coffee has graced its wood and yet a splash of water from the hose has it ready for the next guest.

It has heard silly, but sweet knock knock jokes from the mouth of a young niece.  It watches the niece as she grows up and now hears her share stories of school and cute boys!  It is a wonderful place to observe lightning bugs as they appear in the sheltering woods and to "ooh and awe" over their fancy displays of light.

It is a place of animated discussion and a place of friendly surrender.  It is a place of solitude and a place of companionship.  It is a place of laughter and a place of tears.  It is a haven, a sanctuary, and a refuge...

It is a "Front Porch Swing".


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6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post!! I love your home and the story of your porch swing is delightful! I sure miss you, dear friend!!

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    1. Thank you! We have had that swing so long. Funny how some items just never wear out. I miss you too! Wish we still had our morning coffee chats before digging into the work of the day:)

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  2. What memories have been made on that porch swing. I loved hearing about them and so happy that you find peace and contentment on that swing. Boy, am I glad you didn't let it go with the old house. And, how I wish I had room on my little balcony for a swing. Wishing you well.

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    1. Hi Latane! Thank you for your nice comments. After reading my front porch swing post, my husband said that I forgot to add, "and a place to swat mosquitoes"! We have some killer mosquitoes in south Mississippi. They do try to ruin those moments of peace and contentment! Come back soon!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. So many memories...beautifully written! We don't have a porch swing, but sure enjoy our rocking chairs.
    Thanks so much for shairng at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. I enjoyed sharing at Amaze Me Mondays and will be back this coming Monday! There were some great posts on this last one. Enjoy those rocking chairs. I enjoy rocking as well! My boys once set our entire nativity set on the rockers on our front porch! I was mortified when I drove up! Lots of memories with those as well!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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