(Photo credit goes to my sneaky mom)
Last week, and into the weekend, we went to my parents for our annual family vacation. Included in that time? We spent a few hours at my only living grandmother’s house. She’s my mom’s mom and we spent almost the entire time (I think we spent about 10 minutes, at the beginning, inside) on her front porch. You want to talk about relaxing? SOOO very relaxing!!!
You can see two wind chimes in the picture. Every once in a while a horse and buggy would trot by. There was even a small cart and pony, with three young Amish children that rolled by.
There were log trucks, semi’s and “regular” vehicles as well.
My cousin lives in the home adjacent to my grandmother’s house and two of his boys were outside – one was mowing (with the traditional Amish push mower) and the other was trailing behind pushing what looked like another push mower, but was the one that picked up the cut grass.
My cousin’s wife was doing the laundry and hanging it out to dry (so very jealous – I’m not allowed to do that here. Against the HOA rules. Boo.). In fact, I’m convinced it this entire Amish neighborhood’s day to do laundry, as they all seemed to have it hanging outside! My son thought it was a blast to stand underneath of my cousin’s laundry as it blew in the breeze. I don’t blame him! 🙂
My grandma has this large tray to feed the birds right outside the window where she has always sat – it’s been there for as long as I remember. So long, in fact, that the twine holding it in the tree? The tree has accepted that twine as its own and has hidden it in its bark.
There is a white bird bath (yes, I’m upset I didn’t get pics of all this) that she’s had as long as I can remember. It seems to have a green interior, as the water always seems this dark romantic green – which still sits in her front yard by the windmill that has also been a part of her yard since I was a child.
The children played and saw some bunnies (that were free for the taking, but we passed, ha! Pretty sure my HOA would frown on bunnies as well), horses, a barn cat and then found a nice mud pit to play in.
We had packed our lunch and ate it on her front porch (what we were doing in the picture).
My grandma has 4 different Scramble Squares – have you heard or seen these games? They’re a 9 piece picture puzzle that are nearly impossible to solve. I tried for a few minutes but then was happy to just sit. 😉 I think my husband was able to solve 2 (or 3, I don’t remember) of them, but he sat and diligently played them. He loves games like that. 🙂 My grandma has always had the most interesting games like that!
I loved that I was able to sit and talk with my family. My family is like me. Makes sense, right? 🙂 We let the children wander and play to their heart’s content. We trust them to only wander where it’s safe. I suppose that comes from our own childhood. We played in barns, fields and yards. Sometimes adults were right there and other times they weren’t. Well, not in plain sight. 😉 Oh, but they saw us.
I’m telling you – the Amish life. It’s not perfect – they have their flaws. They’re human. But they don’t have all these distractions we do. When company comes? They stop everything and make time to just talk. They make you feel so very valued. They don’t care that you stopped in without calling/texting/messaging. Why, they’re HAPPY to see you!!! I’m one of those. If you stop in to see me without calling first, it’s ok here. 🙂 Unless I don’t like you…just kidding. 😉
My grandma sat there with a smile on her face almost the entire time. I really do wish I lived closer to her. I would LOVE to go sit on that front porch with her. Let my son run wild with his cousins and just sit and chat with my grandma.
I don’t know how I missed this, as she’s had this plaque with her anniversary and the children’s birthdays hanging on her wall (since before I was born, I’m sure) – but my husband pointed it out when we were there. Her and my grandpa’s anniversary (he passed away when my mom was 7). Their anniversary is the day after my husband and I. WHAT??!! I never noticed this. Ever. I remember always focusing on the birthdays.
Anyway, that time spent there made me want a front porch. In fact, we all said this!! The pure simplicity of it. I am sure it helped that we were there, with family, enjoying the time and chatting, playing and just being together – no one was sitting on their cell phones, laptops, or iPad/iPod/Tablets. There’s something about a front porch, no doubt.
I also know that my time with my grandma is limited. She is the only living grandparent I have. I treasure the time I have with her. I don’t see her often enough. Living in Michigan kind of has that effect on seeing family that lives in a different state. 😉
My mom looks like her. My mom has a lot of her mannerisms. My mom smiles and laughs like her. She has my grandma’s eyes. She has my grandma’s spunk. If I’m like them, I will be pretty happy. 🙂
Oh, and if I get a front porch – that would be pretty sweet too. 🙂