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Just A Rockin And A-swing-in!

Updated on July 14, 2009

If you have a porch, then you can "rock-on," or "swing-on."  Many of us have great memories of this special place.  It was most likely that your grandparents or parents had a rocking chair that had a special place, either inside or out on the porch.

My special porch had a ole Cajun Man sitting on a regular old wooden chair that had one let tilted or maybe it was shorter, that resulted in a rocking motion whether you wanted it to or not. My grandmother kept her wicker-rocker inside and it gently rocked her to sleep every afternoon for a nap.

I now live in a small town in West-by-God West Virginia and to simply walk around any neighborhood it would be hard to not find someone sitting on their porch just relaxing in that old weathered chair. That chair is never brought in side and it seems to live on and on through blowing snow and rain storms. To consider even painting it just might be a sin? Some things just---feel good just like they are!

♥  Rocking Chair:  

There is an American legend, that the chair was invented by Benjamin Franklin when he took a standard chair and added rockers to it.  Many find rocking chairs soothing because of the gentle motion.

There are many styles of rocking chairs.  They can be straight back, round and spindle type and many are carved or painted with beautiful designs.

The Kennedy rocker was very popular and still is today.  The secret of this chair's comfort lies in the shrewdly planned steam-bent curve of the back post, which sweep in to give firm support to the sitter's back.  This seat and back offer firmness and natural spring through the use of natural Malaysian rattan.

Many front porches simply use a porch swing.  This was particularly a standard on houses in the Victorian era.  We are still captivated by the porch swing and it is hard to find a porch that does not have one.

Of course modern age and all of our technology has expanded this outdoor furniture to again offer the porch swinger a choice of swings made from poly wood and new synthetic "wicker" that looks authentic, but like all of our memories it holds up to the wear of our minds to not let go of its comfort.

♥  Take time to find that special place and moment for just "rock-in or Swinging."


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      Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

      Hey Sally,yes I'm coming up on 80 and those rocking chairs feel better each day--they can be tricky though, falling to sleep and staying in the rocker is the trick I haven't mastered yet. Thanks

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      My grandmother had both...the porch swing outside and the rocker inside. The porch swing is long gone, but the rocker is now in my aunt's house, continuing to rock generations of babies to sleep.

      Thank you for this beautiful hub which brought back happy memories and also introduced me to a song I'd never heard...I got rockin' and swingin' with Elton's amazing lyrics and performance! Voted up and amazing. :)

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      Ginn Navarre 6 years ago

      Yes Becky, I too have two rocking chairs that are over 100 years old in my house and 3 others that are modern, yet for some reason those two old ones---just feel better??? Thanks

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      Becky 6 years ago

      I have my great-grandmothers rocker. It has been refurbished and had new rockers put on it but it is so comfy. I also bought one with my first paycheck. I rocked my babies in it and I rock my grand-babies in it. They are not on the porch. I have some swivel rockers for my deck and they get a lot of use. They are made of steel and have big cushions that I made for them. This is a rocking family.

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      ginn navarre 8 years ago

      Yes Brenda, Americans like their rocking chairs---from baby's to elders.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Hey Cris, OK you (young-whipper-snapper)someday you will sit your old-self down in a nice rocking chair and wished you had a PORCH to sit it on as you watch the YOUNG girls pass by.

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      keep on rocking, these chairs sure look comfortable

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I have memories of a rocking chair or two but sadly, no porch! Porches are too American anyway LOL

      Ah I missed your comfortable writing - just like being lulled by a rocking a chair. :D

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Feline yes, one can only know that comfort when you are sitting there and just rockin.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Ahhh...the comfort of a rocking chair! :)

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      G-Ma your right, a lot of new homes do not have the feature of a porch and that hammock can fit in just great!

      Jerilee, we all seemed to love that rocking motion. Your Gram rocked you many times. I think we all can relate to that motion no matter where it came from. As you know most everyone here in WV has an old rocker sitting on the porch or just out in the yard.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      It's on my list to have both a porch swing and a rocking chair when we move. Got rid of them with the last move and we've all missed them.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I love porches and not many homes even have them anymore, though they seem to be making a comeback...for us it was the hammock between two trees...still hang one every spring...Thanks...:O) Hugs

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Nancy, you just keep on rockin--girl!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      I still love the old-fashioned rocker and porch swing...Nothing like that porch swing for a beautiful evening under the stars...Another nice hub with music by George Jones... :-)