Pull Up a Stump and Sit a While

This photo shows an Appalachian couple sitting on their front porch. The porch doubled as a warehouse for things that didn’t fit in their barn or tool shed. The man used a wooden stump for his chair. He also used the stump for splitting wood. Ever the gentleman, he conceded the steps to his wife. Note the sack of seed behind them. They grew some corn with their tobacco. However, I think most of their corn was used to make whiskey. Life in these parts was unhurried. They spent a whole afternoon talking with me, a stranger. Sometimes, I think that they were happier than many of the couples I know today. Material possessions were far from their minds. They depended on each other for survival. That made them very close.

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