Monday, April 22, 2013

Family Medicine Activist: It's Front Porch Time

#HAWMC Day 20

With the national crisis of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, including the orders for all to stay put inside their home, hotel, etc., I felt a bit empty.  Especially thinking about the "staying inside" part of the search and security strategy.  I'm from a small town originally (120 people, counting dogs and cats).  We wouldn't have done well staying inside.

If we wanted to know what was happening, we sat on the front porch or went to the neighbors and sat on their front porch with them.  Seeing someone sitting on their front porch was an open invitation for all interested neighbors to come on over and sit for a while.  It was a great way to share and connect.

In our town, if you want to know everyone is OK in time of crisis, I think you should get out your Homeland Security bull horn and proclaim," Everyone move to your front porch."  Anyone who didn't come out would be having serious problems, like being held hostage by the outlaw sought by the authorities.  Each town has its own personality, but now that the "stay in your homes" in Watertown and Boston, Massachusetts situation is over, I believe it's FRONT PORCH TIME in America.

Go to your front porches.  Be neighborly.  Give thanks for each other.  What do you think?

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