Southern Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee,” Exodus 20:12.

This is the 5th of the 10 Commandments. It has been said that the fifth commandment is pivotal, for it is between the commandments teaching us to love our Creator, and those admonishing us to love our fellow man.

I have been blessed to have a wonderful mother! Love you Mama and Happy Mother’s Day!

Today’s Sunday Favorite is a post that Mama did about her memories of the porch.

From April 15, 2009:

Mama’s Southern Porch

Here is another great “guest” post from Mama. Today, she tells us about her memories of the porch.

Southern PorchAfter reading all the comments about porches it brought back memories of my childhood. We had a big cement front porch, a porch swing and two views of the two streets since we lived on a corner.

Many summer mornings and afternoons my friends from the neighborhood would come and play jacks on the porch, swing on the swing, play house or whatever. We would sometimes play cowboys, annie over, rover rover, swinging beauty, or maybe just go to the library and check out books,ride bikes or skate up and down the sidewalk but we would eventually end up on the porch resting and planning what to do next.

When I reached my teens the porch was a “meeting place” for boyfriends to sit in the swing or on the steps with me. We were, of course, under the watchful eye of my parents who were in the living room with the windows open, and could(and often did) appear at any moment to join us. I had many a goodnight kiss on the front porch.
I now have a screened-in porch which we enjoy immensely. Two of our granddaughters love to come and swing on the glider and play and of course the backyard is just outside the screen door so it is like being outside but protected from the wind, bugs, sun, etc.
It seems sad to see so many homes with closed doors, no porches and many times no communication with neighbors. How can we ever get any problems solved, without porches?

Today’s Lagniappe: Sweet Tea
In the South when you order tea, it is either sweet or unsweet. Southerners love sweet tea. Here is a recipe to make your sweet tea to drink with a friend on the porch.

Around 3 quarts water
2 cups Sugar
4 Quart size tea bags.

Bring water to a rolling boil, add sugar. (Stir to dissolve)
Add 4 tea bags. Stir. Let sit around 20 minutes
Pour up into gallon jug or container. Fill the rest with cool water.


Join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday favorites and Charlotte and Ginger at Blogger Spirit for Spiritual Sunday and enjoy your Sunday!






7 responses to “Southern Mother’s Day”

  1. Crystal Mary Avatar

    I lived in TN for 3 years and married a lovely man from there. It is our 2nd marriage and we are very happy. I got to love the Tea which I was unsure of at first having always drank hot white tea. Now I enjoy it both ways. Blessings to you.

  2. Charlotte Avatar

    Oh, and I wanted to add, we used those porches for stages many times too as we kids entertained the parents. Such fun.

  3. Charlotte Avatar

    I loved those porches in the old days too. This really brought back memories for me. We used to spend hours playing jacks on my best friend’s front porch. Ours was wooden, hers was cement. Those were the good old days. Thank you for sharing and I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  4. Chari Avatar

    Hi Christi…

    My friend, I really enjoyed your mama’s guest post! I do believe that the whole “front porch” from days gone by…signified a sweeter and finer day!!! Right now I’m thinking about all the pretty songs that have been written about experiences on the front porch! It makes me long for one…I’ve been working on my honey for a couple of years now about adding one to the front of our home! Ohhh yes…a porch swing…and a big ol’ glass of sweet tea…just enjoying the day or evening…sounds like just a touch of heaven to me!!!

    So happy to have you join in with Sunday Favorites again this week, dear friend! I really enjoyed your mama’s guest post…tell her thank you for all of us!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday, Christi!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  5. Ginger Avatar

    What great memories! Jacks I loved playing jacks.
    Happy Mother’s Day,

  6. Kaye Swain Avatar

    What a sweet Mother’s Day post for Spiritual Sunday. I had to chuckle at the recipe for Sweet tea. I moved from the west coast to the southern end of the east coast. I still remember the first time I stopped at a drive-thru and ordered an Iced Tea. In California, the tea normally comes UNsweetened. As I was about to discover, in the south, the tea normally comes SWEETENED!!! Talk about a shock to the system when I took a sip! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I have now learned to order UNsweetened anywhere I go, as my Baby Boomers Generation metabolism would add about 1000 pounds per iced tea, otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for a delightful read and a happy memory and chuckle. Have a blessed week!

  7. sarah Avatar

    this post feels warm and fuzzy…I want my girls to have those memories too when they grow up. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

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