Porch Perfect Living is our name, so I imagine that I should define what the name means to me, at least by simplest explanation.
The dictionary literally defines it is as follows:
Porch-from Old French Porche, from the Latin Porticus or Greek Portico (collonade), from Porta (passage) a porch is in its’ most basic definition a roofed space to comfortably pause before entering the doorway into a building. It has various uses including a place to remove wet, soiled clothing or shoes prior to entry, a place that offers shade and protection from the sun and rain, and a place to greet and welcome guests.
In the middle ages the porch represented the vestibule of the cathedrals where worshipers gathered and socialized prior to the services. In Victorian times the terms veranda, piazza, loggia, and portico were introduced, all translating to the Porch.
Perfect-from Latin Perfectus, Excellent or complete, requiring no improvement, without flaws, defects, or shortcomings, accurate, mature, complete, pure, precise.
Living-Middle English lyvyng, active, thriving, vigorous, strong, being alive, dynamic and vital.
Porch Perfect Living by the most basic definition encompasses the gateway or passageway into an excellent existence. That may sound pretentious, but since most of us seek an improved life, could this not be a goal? Most of us strive for better surroundings, better lifestyles, better relationships, better habits, better selves. Since our porches are the first glimpse of what is behind our walls this should be a perfect platform for a blog. We should not only have a discussion about a physical place, but also delve into other aspects of our lives that affect our daily struggle to be better. Obviously not one of us is perfect, but we are all living and have the opportunity to learn and grow. As the porch is the first impression of where we dwell, our demeanor is the first impression of who we are. The process of writing this blog will be a journey of living.
Because we are of different ages and backgrounds there will be divergence and varying points of view. Mine will come from a place of being newly retired and a “senior” citizen.
It should be made clear that one person’s “perfect” may not be another’s. All of us are individual with completely different passions. Some may not even endeavor for perfection since it does not assure happiness or fulfillment. However I don’t believe any of us has the goal to be mediocre. We are all striving for improvement.
Discoveries lay ahead. By exploring the physical lifestyle as well as the aspirations and passions for being more vital and complete should make the journey enlightening for me. Take what you need from what I share and offer your insights to help create Porch Perfect Living.