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The issue came up today about the lack of front porches. Years ago every house had a front porch and we knew all our neighbors. Now fewer homes have front porches; in fact many neighborhoods have none; we invest most of our money in our backyards with pools, patios, gardens, etc. and most of us couldn’t tell you our neighbors names, much less anything about them.  Yet, interestingly, we are evidently desiring more than ever community, as evidenced by the dozens of social networking websites that are so popular.  We have become introverted neighbors and extraverted bloggers. 

Which reminds me that our oldest son, the extraverted Jeremy has said many times he wants a big front porch on any house he owns!  Go Jeremy!  Bring back real community!   

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  • Lori says:

    Have the front porch….now I just wish my neighbors weren’t so busy. Everyone runs here and there…no one stays home anymore.

  • Sarah says:

    Very true!

  • Renee Garcia says:

    I too, would love a huge front porch!!! When we find our dream home, it will have one… and one of those wooden bench swing thingys (that’s a technical term!). As far as my neighbors, I know the ones on either side of me, and the Ateca’s from church live across the street… at least for a few more days anyway. *sniff* But I don’t know as much as I should about any of my neighbors… maybe my dream porch will help!

  • Kelli says:

    One of the things I love most about visiting my family is my parents front porch. It’s the perfect place to watch a storm, talk and rink iced tea, read, or just sit quietly. I dream of owning our own house with a big front porch.