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9/10/2017 12:11:00 AM
Porch Education

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist



At the age of 75...
Thoughts are often your friends...
She sits on a swing and thinks...
Where did her ideas come from...
That question roamed around in her head...

Grandparents house had three porches..
All were screened...
Front porch was for company...
Back porch was for work...
Side porch was for storage...



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Front porch had two white wicker rockers...
One white two seater white love seat...
All had bright red cushions...
Two small white tables...
Small plants in pots in the summer...

Back porch had four rockers...
One ironing board...
Closets filled with large pots and work items...
One mangle for ironing large items...
Table clothes, sheets and napkins...
There was a small work table...

Now as she thinks about those porches...
She realizes that is where she learned...
Learned to face life and tackle problems...
As the beans got snapped...
The corn got shucked...
The butterbeans got shelled...
The stories rang out...
Stories about things and people...
People and experiences of every type...
Memories got shared...
Problems got solved...sometime...
Laughter got shared...always...

These were people who laughed at each other...
People who laughed at themselves...
Sometime it was the same people...
But often there were visitors joining in...
Now if she sits really still sometime she can almost...
Almost hear the laughter...
She can almost smell the coffee...

It was her job to iron all the clothes...
There was a radio next to the ironing board...
The music was great...
It was the music they call “Old Timers” now...
She hears the music on her radio now...
Now she can almost smell the ironing...LOL

She is blessed to still have all those people...
People in her head and her heart...
She is so sorry that more houses do not have...
Have porches and rockers...
That porch was where the cakes cooled...
Where the memories grew...
Where hearts connected and work was fun...

That may be the biggest gift she was given...
Given as a child...
She was taught that work was fun...
Actually they did not talk about it as work...
They talked about projects...
Projects and the fun they were going to have...
Talked about the good eggs and bacon...
The breakfast they would have...
Have before they started the project Saturday...
Made you want to get up really early...
Early to eat and start that new project...LOL

THANK YOU GOD FOR PORCHES!

---More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and makes her home in Maiden, N.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.




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