Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A front porch afternoon ......



After endless days of clouds and rain, the sun finally made an appearance today. It was a beautiful afternoon. I went for a walk across the fields behind my house and saw lots of trees that were damaged by the snow we had a couple of weeks ago. Almost every pine tree had large limbs or the tops broken off. I hate to see the trees damaged like that.

When I got back home, I settled down on the front porch with a book and a Diet Coke. I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon. It reminds me of summer afternoons when I was a child. I would walk to my Grandparents house after lunch. Grandma was a reader - she loved mysteries - and every afternoon she would sit in her rocking chair on the screened-in porch and read. I would sit on the couch beside her and read her copies of the Ellery Queen magazine and the Alfred Hitchcock magazine.

We didn't have Cokes at home - if we were thirsty we had milk, tea, or water. But Grandma always kept Cokes on hand and we were allowed one each afternoon. I don't think I've ever been as content as I was when I was reading a book on the screened-in porch with Grandma and an ice cold Coke. She's been gone 42 years, but I still miss her.

4 comments:

Dave said...

It's funny, and good, that fond memories will influence you in later life. Your grandparents home sounds like an oasis.

Kathy said...

What a wonderful memory and finally such lovely weather!
My grandmother used to make me a cup of tea with milk. We'd sit on the couch and watch Lawrence Welk. Her English was not good enough that she enjoyed reading, but she did love watching that show.

Gilly said...

You have a screened front porch, with a sofa??? How absolutely lovely! Can't see such a thing catching on in England, but I just love imagining it.

I was never allowed Cokes, and now can't abide the taste of them! Don't like fizzy drinks much, either.

Becky Mushko said...

When my border collie and I walked our woods the other day, our trail was blocked by many trees that either came down in the snow or the recent rain.

I remember treats at Grandma's, too. She always had ice cream (never Cokes). I never saw he eat ice cream herself, but she always had it for the grandchildren.