In "The Way It Was", 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), Round O, S.C., STORIES on February 17, 2013 at 7:14 am

If the front porch could repeat some of the conversation that have been made down during the years , it would be a very interesting story. Our house was where all the preachers would meet and socialize. There was a Dr. and Mrs. Danner came every summer for a week. Preachers all tell jokes and funny yarns that they had heard or had happened to them in their work. We would sit on the porch and listen to them to all times of night. On summer nights we would sit on the porch in rockers, talk over the day, and watch car lights play on the side of the store. Daddy used to say that we didn’t need movies, we could watch this.

Sunday afternoons we sat on the porch, read, watched traffic and talked. Winter nights we built a fire in the fire place and sat around talking, reading, studying. All this has been lost now in the world of radio , television and computers. I missed it when my own children were growing up because it seemed like we lost a lot by not discussing things more.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Eight: “The Front Porch,” 1999

  1. Bob/Bobby/Uncle Bob typed up porch memories from cousin Douglas Young, and you can read them here:

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