I originally wrote this post in 2009… about six years ago! I’m pulling it out of the archives today and freshening it up for our Titus2 Mentoring theme at the blog right now.
Now more then ever, I am a believer in “front porch mentoring”!
One of the things I love best about hearing tales of “the good old days” is the camaraderie between neighbors and the kinship that linked generations.
Little girls learned how to be women simply by being with the women in their lives.
Cooking, keeping house, taking care of babies- all the ins and outs of womanhood were learned as a matter of course simply by one generation absorbing these things from previous generations.
This old-fashioned, front-porch style of passing on values and skills seems lost on my generation; in part, because we are simply too busy to be involved in each other’s lives, and, in part, because we are a very scattered generation of young folk.
One of the greatest challenges of being a twenty-first century woman is letting my guard down and being “real” with people.
And so we cut the ties before us and after us.
However, I’m not going to sit around waiting for it to happen!
Hmmmm… who can I invite for a little front-porch chat this week?
And who can you invite?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.