Boone County is filled with many small communities stretched across its mountainous landscape.
These communities are where family, friends and neighbors sit on porches and talk.
The topics can range from high school sports, food, politics and everything in between.
However, topics of discussion can be about nothing at all, just conversation.
Conversations are often tales told about our “kin folk.” Stories may start out “When I was a little boy,” or “When I was growing up.”
Often these stories or tales may be stretched a bit for the future generations; however there always seems to be a moral to the story.
Friends and neighbors visit and drink coffee talking about how the community has changed over the years.
In both these scenarios the lines start to blur when it comes to whether you are family, friends or neighbors.
These people become the constant in our day to day lives.
It is not about the conversation, it’s about the camaraderie. It is knowing generations before you have done the exact same thing. It is knowing we are carrying on a tradition.
As a child I never really understood the full meaning behind the front porch conversation and why my parents would visit with the neighbors.
I was always too busy playing whatever it was I played so many years ago.
However, today as an adult I have come to appreciate the simplicity of the front porch conversation.
I hope that each of you reading this has experienced “Front Porch Talk” at one time or another.
I believe “Front Porch Talk” is good for the soul, and helps take away the stress and chaos of the day.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]