Dispatch from Erica the Porchista:
It was such a treat to visit Kathy’s small porch on my recent trip through Mobile. She and her dogs make their front porch a regular part of their daily life.
As she and I chatted for a few moments, her porch seemed to grow in warmth and openness, much like her obviously expansive heart. Three minutes earlier, I had never met this woman and yet here and now, in the moment, we had assessed each other on her porch and found kindred spirits.
As I felt her porch grow around me, I wondered if my family, watching from the family car, had any idea of the goodwill that was being created on this front porch.
It was like magic: I could feel it. This is why you sit on your front porch: to mingle and spread this kind of good neighborliness.
Kathy’s porch reflects light and airiness and a calm sense of welcome. The cheery red swing and coordinating mat and door are pops of color that flow and uplift the space instead of compete with it.
When I asked Kathy if I could take her picture with her precious dogs, she hesitated a little: after all she wasn’t in make up or dressed in special clothes.
“You are perfect,” I replied, “You are real, and you are here on your front porch. That is all that matters.”
As I left, she invited me to stop back by another time. That attitude, dear Front Porch Nation, is how you change the world.