Don’t you just love this door? On my recent trip to Charleston, where the people ooze that southern hospitality, I had the best time walking the streets and admiring the historic homes. I’m not normally one to go for the old. I don’t like old plumbing, old furnaces, ghosts in the attic, or creepy crawlies in the basement. Or basements. We don’t have those in Texas because the ground is like cement.
I was curious why the homes in Charleston had those long, funky side porches with bright doors. After a bit of digging, I discovered these are hospitality doors. When the homeowner was accepting visitors, they opened these doors to signal guests could stop by.
I would love this. So much better than people stopping by unannounced. You would have time to do makeup and hair. You would have time to run to the store for refreshments and those fancy little cookies. You would have time to prepare topics of discussion.
After doing a drive-by in my neighborhood, I discovered no porches. Not a single one large enough to hold a chair. And, to add to my dismay, we recently had someone steal a welcome sign off my neighbor’s front porch. So, I guess the days of hospitality doors are gone. However, we can still honor this age-old tradition by saying hello when we go for walks, hosting block parties to meet the neighbors, and smiling at people in the grocery store, even those you’d like to ram their cart for blocking the aisle.
If you have any ideas on ways to open those welcome doors, invite people inside, and learn all the amazing things that make them unique, reply in the comments. I’d love to hear them.
Yours in Health and History,
Book 6 in the Jennifer Cloud series is coming soon. If you haven’t read After 5 where Jennifer takes on the American Civil War, here’s the link. http://www.janetleighbooks.com/