We took the screen door off the front of the house this weekend.
I realize that doesn’t sound like a big deal. A monumental event. Something worthy of a blog post.
But it was …
We’ve had a screen door on the front of the house since the day we moved in. And it’s not the fancy aluminum kind with the interchangeable glass panel. Nope. It was a $15 wood frame screen door from the local hardware store.
We loved the sound it made when it closed. A sound that brought back memories of our youth. And hot summer days. Running in and out of the house with our friends …
Whack. Whack. Whack.
A sound that drove our parents crazy. Eliciting yells of “in or out, in or out” …
That was in the days before laptops and iphones and we only had four channels on TV to choose from. Back when our days were driven by our imagination …
But we took the screen door off because it no longer made that lovely sound. It wasn’t hung correctly. And it just dragged along the landing of the porch (scratching up my beautiful new painted on porch rug). It was a burden to open and close.
Thunk. Thunk. Thunk.
That wasn’t the welcoming sound we wanted to hear. So off it came.
And it’s weird.
Opening up the front door with no screen door barrier feels odd. Exposed. And standing on the abyss of a cliff. A very high and scary cliff. And stepping over the threshold feels like you’re falling ….
It will take some getting used to.
And what does the screen have to do with a car in a mason jar snow globe? Absolutely nothing.
I just wanted you to know that I’ve stocked some of those cute snow globe kits in my Etsy shop here …
Right alongside my mason jar snow globe kids with the vintage sea-foam green car. And quantities are limited. I only have 10. For now …
P.S. You can find my tutorial on how to make these by clicking here …
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If I think on it I can still hear the sound of the neighbors wood screen door when I was a kid. It was a good sound, meant they could come out and play.
I lived in an older neighborhood in Florida for 2 years. My next door neighbor still had a wooden screen door off of her kitchen that slammed when she left the house. She rarely put on her AC and I could also smell her cooking and baking when my kitchen window was open. I had forgotten those sounds and smells from my childhood. I no longer live there and I miss those reminders.
That does sound truly amazing! Smells & sounds combined together and all tied to a wood screen door!
In or out! I think they must have taught that in parenting school back when.I’m not sure if you can hear the words screen door without hearing that sound in your head.
Too true. They taught in or out right along with “wait until your father gets home” …
the Painted Apron says
Sweet story, cute jar!
Thank you! 🙂
I was always told, don’t slam the screen door. Same difference huh? Didn’t have any of those fancy screen doors when I was a kid, long long time ago, lol. I was born in 1940. My Mother was one of seven so when we went to relatives houses that’s all we heard, don’t slam the screen door. Lots of cousins. It’s one of those great things many kids even now remember and hear. Think I might have told my kids (4) the same thing a few times.
Great post, love good memories. Happy season
We were always told not to slam it too, but in hindsight its now a fond memory! 🙂 Linda
I LOVE a screen door. We have a storm door on the front and a dutch door in the back. I want a dutch door on the front, but it’s not burglar proof. Or at least that’s my husband’s take.
laura@top this top that says
i wish i had a screen door somewhere on the house but can’t figure out the best dooe, the way my kids go in and out it would be perfect.. you are the queen of mason jar creations. love this!
Love your little jar…perfect for that little area on a shelf or table that needs a little something special for Christmas.
OH the screen door…I had one on my playhouse and one in the garage. I was constantly being told to not slam the screen door…but alas I would always forget and let it slam!
Have a great evening.