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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Porches Can Be Misleading

My life in appalachia porches can be misleading

Porches can be misleading. If you walked up on mine and didn’t know any better-you’d think a family of loggers lived here.

Not one pair of the boots belong to The Deer Hunter. Those boots all belong to Chatter and Chitter. They don’t wear them all the time, but they do wear them when cold muddy weather rolls around.

Just like in other parts of the country, most folks in Appalachia have more than enough shoes to clutter their closet floor.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    Suzi Phillips
    March 8, 2014 at 1:51 am

    All the boots, boots, and more boots on my porch are there because my closet runneth over lol!

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    March 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    well.. at least they keep the mud out of the house lol
    im just waiting for spring and the time when no shoes are required.
    hope all have a wonderful weekend
    big ladybug hugs

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    Ken Roper
    March 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I wear those heavier high top boots
    when I’m Deer Hunting. But I use the
    5″ ones all the time, it helps my
    ankles at work.
    Chitter and Chatter are smart gals to
    wear boots most of the time, especially
    in the woods.
    We missed all the Snow too…I’m a
    bit jealous…Ken

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    Sue Crane
    March 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    those kind of boots are soil-samplers 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Humm! Do the girls ever worry that something might take up residence in one or more of their boots, like spiders, lizards, and frogs? I’m not so sure I would stick my foot in one of those boots without checking. Yes, we are very fortunate to have several pairs of shoes. I only had two basic pairs of shoes when I was a little girl. I feel so lucky to have more than two pairs of shoes!

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    Julie Hughes
    March 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

    In my part of the world all boots are shaken for scorpions!! I had to learn that habit when I came here and when I lived in Texas!!

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    Deb Wright
    March 7, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I love my muddy boots,too. Why clean them up if you’re just going back out in it later?
    I found out the hard way and lost one of my best boots to the neighbors dog!
    Now I hang them up on a peg by their laces.
    Off the back door there is a small cabinet to store all that footwear.
    With teenagers you might as well enjoy all the clutter Chatter and Chitter create.

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    b. Ruth
    March 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

    No wonder those girls are light on their feet! After wearing those big ole boots, I suppose one could nearly fly after taking them off. A lot can be said for boots like those. The extra weight would be like ankle weights and burn more calories. Is that what keeps the girls in such good shape? With good support they should help the ankles, toes and heels stronger!
    Maybe that is how they do that “broken ankle” dance step that they do when they clog.
    Good boots support your brain as well, thus being able to trudge thru the muck safely, so as not to slip and fall which could rattle the brain and cause a pump knot”! Other people will also take note that only someone with remarkable good sense will wear boots in this bad winter weather we have just experienced, as they look down at their feet dressed in “sockless sneakers” and say, “Oh boy, are those girls smart!”
    There is only one thing I can think of that would keep me from commenting about how great the boots on the porch are!
    Bring those boot inside the door, in the hallway, please!
    Yes, I have ARACHNIDPHOBIA…ewwwwww!
    Thanks Tipper,
    co-written by “Little Miss Muffet”

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    Granny Sue
    March 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Looks like our porch, Tipper–but add a lot of muddy puppy prints 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

    A stranger would never try to break in your house. They would fear coming face to face with a bunch of barefoot men. My porch has at least five pairs of shoes on it and I live alone. They sure get cold out there!

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    Kerry in GA
    March 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

    My bunch have enough to clutter their closets, the porch and the carport. 🙂

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    March 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Shoes–or boots–at the door?
    What does it say?
    Like our European ancestors, does it give respect for the interior of the house, hoping that by leaving shoes outside, it helps to keep the interior of the house cleaner?
    Or does it show respect, especially if you are a visitor in the home (and I guess a resident, too)–that leaving shoes outside states that you want to honor those that live inside by entering in an humble way–shoeless?
    All thesd, I think, are involved; and more, too.

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    Mike McLain
    March 7, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I wear some hiking boots in the bad weather, but I have a pair of western boots (legally obtained elephant hide) that will be 30 years old this year. They have had 5 or 6 sets of new heels and soles and the last time, the shoe repair guy actually had to make a small repair to the uppers for the first time. They are the most comfortable footwear I ever owned. Unfortunately, they are absolutely useless in snow and ice, but talk about getting your money’s worth!

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    March 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Ed-yes they check for spiders : ) Im jealous of your snow! Nothing here but rain.
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    March 7, 2014 at 7:58 am

    that is my back porch mixed in with flip flops. ironic isn’t it? have a great day!

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    Miss Cindy
    March 7, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Yep, looks like a family of loggers lives there instead of two teenage girls. I like that my granddaughters are independent and self sufficient as well as bright, pretty, and talented!
    Actually, I have a pair of boots that look just like those. I only wear them in very bad weather.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 7, 2014 at 7:28 am

    If those boots were on my porch this morning they would have snow on them. We have a couple of inches and it is still coming down pretty heavy.
    I suppose the girls always check for spiders and snakes before they put their boots on?

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 7, 2014 at 7:19 am

    funny, my porch is full of plants. Wonder what that says about my family??

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    Jud Genwright
    March 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

    So when they say, “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes,” does that mean all his shoes? Why, you might not never ever get back for the judging!

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    March 7, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I have a pair of logger boots that look much like those black ones. Used to wear them when I worked in the woods all day long, but now I’m in and out of my tall muck boots several times each day. The mucks are so big (they look like clown feet) I can get them off and on without needing to use my hands, which is a big plus when I’m in a hurry.

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