When I was a kid, my Nano’s neighbors were divided into two categories: walkers and porch sitters.
Nano was a walker. After dinner, she’d clean the kitchen and go for a walk through the neighborhood. Sometimes she said it was for exercise. Mostly, it was to see what was going on in her hood. She would visit with all the porch sitters, the people who retired to their front porches to sit and visit with the walkers as they came by. She said for a neighborhood to work properly, you need a balance between sitters and walkers.
There have been times I’ve been a walker. Lord, there have been times I’ve been a sprinter. This summer, I’ve been doing a lot of porch sitting. It’s been good for my body, mind and soul. Neighborhoods aren’t the only things that need balance. So do lives.
Last night, I invited a few friends over to sit with me. We ate and drank and talked and laughed. I made snacks. To my knowledge, no one got sick. We caught up on how things are going. Some are beginning new projects. Some are finishing old ones. Some are still healing from old wounds. Some are healthy again after tough fights. All of us up against the day-to-day grind of being human. We’re trying to do it with a little grace, some dignity and as much humor as we can.
The time is coming to get up off my porch. I think I’ll start walking again soon. Maybe get out and see some people. School starts back for Monkey Boy in a month. I think that will be a good time to get moving again. Until then I’ll be on my porch, sipping a drink, breathing in and out, probably reading.
Speaking of reading, cocktails and parties, my friend Lela Davidson wrote a very funny book, Blacklisted from the PTA. Her book is turning one. It’s very exciting. Because she’s awesome, she’s offered to give away a signed copy to a blog reader here. See, awesome.
If you’d like to try to win:
- Leave a comment telling which category you’re in: walker or porch sitter. It could be literal, like Nano, or life stage, like me.
- One week from today, July 20, I’ll use random.org to select a winner.
- The first week of August, Lela will ship your signed copy directly to you.
If you can’t wait that long to read Blacklisted from the PTA, you can order a copy today. No one will be mad. Promise.
Random.org picked #2, and she was the second person to comment.
Congratulations Paige! I’ll contact you for the information needed to send you the book!