School, the End of Summer, and My Porch

Back to school is hard. I feel like the children do, apprehensive and unsure. Summer is ending. The crickets are telling me so. During this transition, the place that grounds me is my porch.

On my porch, I’m still part of the outside.  I fully understand the term Mother Nature.  Yes, nature is my mother.  She calms me.  More importantly she makes me see the good.  

When night falls, my porch is even better.  Like the child who has played outside all day, I’m now under the covers, feeling deeply.

I listen to the crickets, hear the sound of a distant train whistle.  I am filled with goodness, and memories.  There is wood everywhere.  Wood, like my cabin at summer camp many years ago.  Wood and old furniture.  There’s a dry sink that has been in my family for ages.  It’s 200 years old.  There’s a table that has been in Hubby’s family for 100 years.  There’s a cabinet that my father and Hubby made together from wood that was over 200 years old.  

Old means beautiful and memories and stories, and furniture that is so well made it can be on a porch.  It means my family is always here.  Perhaps that is why my porch grounds me.




About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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70 Responses to School, the End of Summer, and My Porch

  1. beetleypete says:

    I would love to have lived in a house with a porch. All my life I have seen American porches, and wondered why nobody ever had them in England.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      That’s so curious why people don’t have porches in England. I can understand why you would love to have had one. Some porches here are completely open to the outside, except for a roof. Others are fully screened, like mine, or glassed in. Come and sit on my porch with me anytime! 🙂 Best to you, Pete.

  2. beth says:

    what a lovely place for so many reasons. and here’s to your school having a peaceful transition back into learning.

  3. quiall says:

    What a beautiful spot to just be . . . .

  4. Ren says:

    You are so precious!! Thank you for sharing (part of) the grounding of your life. You ARE surrounded by so much love on your porch. Happy for you!

  5. carhicks says:

    Beautiful. I am building a new house and I definitely want a closed in patio so I can be outside late at night and not worry about mosquitoes. I love the sounds of night.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you! I would recommend screen panels that go floor to ceiling. You will not be disappointed. The sounds will carry and you won’t have mosquitos. Best place, ever! Thank you.

  6. Opher says:

    looks wonderful Jennie. Looks like you’re in the midst of nature. Have a good return to school!

  7. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful porch. A great place to read, or sit and contemplate. xo

  8. What a cozy place. I love the big windows for this time of year, and the wood inside that gives it a warm feeling in the evening. Lovely spot! Best of luck with your new batch of kiddies. They are in for such a treat with all the chapter stories and other books this year.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I can understand why you spend so much time on your porch, Jennie. The windows let in so much light! It looks like the perfect spot to read, spend some alone time, or to socialize with friends.

  10. Ishita Dhiman says:

    Such a lovely and homey place!! 🙂🙂

  11. A beautiful porch, Jennie. It is always nice to be surrounded by old wood and mother nature.

  12. Ritu says:

    It’s funny. Here in the UK a porch is a small enclosed area in front of the front door!
    Good luck with School 💜💜💜

  13. Olivia Ava says:

    What a lovely place it is. Best of luck with your study.

  14. Such a peaceful ‘grounding’ – so glad you have this.

  15. I love my front porch too. That’s why I bought this trailer. It had a huge front porch unlike any others. It invites the neighbors up for a visit and you can watch the trees blow in the breeze. They are the best thing ever designed. Are they actually opening up schools there? Hope you get to see your kids again.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m glad you have a big porch! Nothing beats listening to the wind or the birds, or watching a sunset. And yes, it is inviting for neighbors. School openings are a mixed bag. Most public schools have children in school two days and distance learning two days each week. That cuts the class size in half. They’re not opening till mid September. My school is opening next week (teachers came this week) with smaller classes and a gazillion guidelines. Keeping children six feet apart and wearing masks will be a challenge. Stay tuned!

  16. I’ve always wanted a porch, but of the two houses, I’ve owned not one has had one! Your porch and furniture sound so beautiful and lovely.

  17. I love your porch. Porches have always been a special part of my life as well. Yours reminds me of the one at my grandparents’ cottage in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

  18. I hope all goes well at school, Jennie. And you always have that lovely porch to come home to…

  19. sjhigbee says:

    It looks like a lovely place to be! How lucky you are to have such a space – though I do know the joy of having possessions handed down through the family. I have several embroideries from my great grandmothers on both sides – my favourite being my great-great-grandmother’s sampler that she stitched aged 10 in 1866…

  20. Dan Antion says:

    It looks so comfortable and inviting, Jennie. I can see why you retreat to it. Good luck on the new (and different) year.

  21. Such a beautiful piece of writing Jen…. Your porch along with Mother Nature so comforting .. Would love to hear those crickets making themselves heard in the background…. ❤ love and Hugs my friend

  22. Shoes says:

    What a perfect porch. It sounds lovely.

  23. beautiful post-and thqt porch is beautiful!

  24. dgkaye says:

    I totally get it. 🙂 And I know how many are torn with indecision about sending kids or not. Good luck and please stay safe. ❤

  25. the feel of a good porch where you are both inside and outside. It sort of like the poem halfway down… your not in or out… your halfway

  26. Veena S. says:

    Very well worded, bringing out lots of emotions and meanings..if one reads deeper! Enjoy the porch, looking outside to the green, looking inside to memories.

  27. Sounds and looks like wonderful, Jennie! A great place to rest, and honestly your posting sounds like from another world, without this hectic and “just in time” mood. Best wishes, Michael

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