Front Porch Gliders

The April issue of Coastal Living has a small article about Nicki Huggins, who remembered sitting on her grandmother’s steel glider in Ozark, Alabama, and decorated her own home with antique outdoor furniture in California. A few years ago, she started her own company, Retropatio.com, by taking old gliders and chairs, refinishing them, and selling them to people who either love the design or just want one for nostalgic reasons.

Restoration Hardware is selling retro-style outdoor gliders and chairs, too – theirs are new, not refinished antiques.

I remember these old steel gliders…I think that both my MawMaws had them (I remember one especially that was a buttercream yellow color), and I also remember sitting in the chairs that bounced a little when you sat in them. I liked them both, but my favorite thing to do on the porch was sit with my Nanny on our front porch swing.

Nanny had one friend that we would visit very often in the evenings…and we would always sit outside on her front porch swing, with one exception – if an Atlanta Braves game was on – then, we’d all sit together inside, watching baseball.

Today, Av and I have a swing on our front porch, and every time I sit in it, I think of those days with my sweet Nanny, z”l. I plan to spend more time this year than ever, cross-legged outside in the swing, just enjoying the night air. That’s good living.

Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise

Boll Weevil Monument, Enterprise, Alabama

The Boll Weevil Monument (intersection of College St. and Main St. right downtown) in Enterprise

The boll weevil monument (erected in 1919) is something almost everyone in Alabama has heard of. The boll weevil destroyed the cotton crop in and around the Wiregrass around the 1910-1915 period and made people realize there was more that they could farm than just cotton……so some of them decided to plant other crops (peanut farming is huge down here) and some others just left farming for good. To thank the boll weevil for making people realize there was more out there than just cotton, the people there erected this monument. At the bottom is a plaque that reads: “In profound appreciation to the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity.”

Even though this is the only monument of its kind (to a pest), the work of Dr. George Washington Carver was very important as he had done all sorts of research on other plants – namely the peanut – which was what so many of the farmers switched over to.