In "The Way It Was", 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, Charleston, S.C., FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, Round O, S.C., STORIES on March 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

We scrubbed the porches and swept the yards with a broom made from branches of a bush. In those days not a blade of grass was allowed in the yard. This used to be my job every week before Sunday or company came to sweep up any leaf, twigs, or trash of any kind in the yard. The last time I was at the Battery in Charleston, I saw a yard still like this and it brought tears to my eyes.

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

  1. I almost think I remember seeing the front yard in a grassless condition. But I do remember Momma talking about that being the standard of an acceptable front yard. Thinking about it though, if you didn’t have a lawn mower to mow the grass, not having grass would be a good idea. Otherwise you’d have to let it grow high enough to “harvest” it like hay, and in the meantime it would give snakes a place to live. Momma did NOT like snakes.

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