Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Living Downtown

Note: I posted this on an old website that I was having problems with. It speaks a lot about who I am so I decided to repost it here.

I have to say that living downtown in a southern city does have it's perks. My husband and I call it "porch time." Our home has a big white (It's actually kind of gray with wood tones due to lack of paint.) wrap-around porch with one of those vintage metal porch couches. The cushions are old and are full of pollen and what ever else is airborn at the time. Comfy enough to sit on but old enough not to care if a kid spills Kool-Aid.

Every afternoon, more or less, Tony and I have cocktails on the porch and play some board or card game. Ah 5 o'clock! The magic hour when everything seems right in the world. The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the mosquitoes are biting, children are fighting over whose turn it is to do whatnot, and everyone in the neighborhood is out of the house after a busy day to see who's out and about. Usually, we all end up on someone's porch to either celebrate or commiserate about the events of the day. Once the time changes and the days are longer, bedtimes in my house seem to go right out the window because we usually are "visiting" until at least 8 o'clock. Who cares! School will be out soon and at least the little trolls aren't sitting on the couch zoning into Cartoon Network land.

We're very lucky. We have everyday in our neighborhood that which most only have on weekends. If you're in the suburbs, that might be never.

11 comments:

Madge said...

you and your porch and your neighborhood. not fair. don't you want to move back to our street?

Louise said...

That is BEYOND cool. I love the cocktails and games.

And since there is no place to comment on your book list (at least that my not-so-great-at-blogging self has found), then I must comment that The Count of Mont Cristo is my all-time favorite book. Pillars of the Earth is in my foreseeable future. I got it for my birthday. My husband read it, and we own the board game, which we love.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Madge sent me. Your neighborhood sounds great!

Julia said...

Madge sent me too. I like the sound of your neighbourhood.

Jennifer H said...

I wish our neighborhood was like that. We seem to be garage people here, as in we pull into the garage, close the door, and don't re-emerge except to go into our back yards.

I would prefer it to be more like yours. Especially if there were cocktails!

the mama bird diaries said...

Madge sent me! 5 or 6 pm is my favorite time of day. The light is so beautiful. Damn, now I need a porch.

HRH said...

Perfect. Someday I am going to live in such a place. Oh ya, Madge sent me too.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Popping over from Madge's front porch to say "hi" and welcome to the bloggerhood!

Sus said...

i am completely jealous. i have always, always, wanted a big wrap around porch. with a swing. and neighbors stopping by. or hollering over from their big wrap around porches. and cocktails and board games, come on!

welcome to the blogosphere!

raisingtheboys said...

Ooooh I envy this in every way...from the wraparound porch to afternoon cocktails and neighbot watching/kvetching.

Welcome to blogging! I came from Mad Madge!

Tricia said...

Madge sent me, too. I wish we could have some of this in the suburbs instead of everyone driving in, closing their garage doors and rarely speaking.