Friday, July 01, 2005

Picket this!


Everybody wants a white picket fence, right?

Your turn: If you aspire to a white picket fence, why? What is it about them that makes them worth dreaming about? If you're not a fan, why not? (I know, this is a really broad topic...I'm feeling vague today. Thanks for indulging me!)

13 comments:

Musing said...

Here via Michele today. I like the photo.
:-)

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Not a fan.

Why?

Because...

it'll never get well if you picket.

(I'll get my coat)

puremood said...

Not a fan. Why? Because I prefer a non fenced out yard in the country with acreage! Which is what I have.

If I get a fence it won't be white (painting a fence is UGLY stuff, folks).

My dad owns his own fence company... so if ever I want a fence it'll be a privacy fence on the property boundary line.

MissMeliss said...

I'm more the wrought iron and spikes type, myself, but here's what I love about picket fences: if you ride a bike past one, and just the right speed, the motion combines with the gaps between the boards to give the illusion of invisibility, and that's pretty damned cool.

Kismet said...

I have this picket fence. I love it but it does need painting and that is a drag. But it does symbolize 'the American Dream" whether we want to acknowledge it or not. :)

Frunjer said...

I like picket fences because they symbolize family and community. Unfortunately, most Americans are now so materialistic and competitive that a picket fence seems trite.

barbie2be said...

cool picture but not a fan.... i like my space so, don't fence me in!

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i think it's what they stand for, isn't it something from the 50's? represents the ideal family that has it all. i don't have one, none of my neighbors have them, out of my whole neighborhood, i can only think of a couple of homes that have a fence in the front yard at all.

Mrs. Fun said...

not a fence kind of gal. we have a block wall in the back and nothing in front. Just the way i like it ;)

Diva said...

Whenever I have wished for a picket fence, discussed pickets fences, or referred to a picket fence, it was always used figuratively, not literally. I don't care to ever had a real white picket fence, just it represents.

Thumper said...

I like the idea of a white picket fence because of everything having one means--family, home ownership... but the reality is that you have to run a weed whacker along those suckers, and that's not much fun...

Rhodent said...

I love to see them when they are around an appropriate-looking home for them. We have a privacy fence in our backyard because of our pool. It requires upkeep but not anywhere near what a white picket fence would require. They are nostalgic and represent warm fuzzy feelings to a lot of people. So I like to look at them, but don't want one around my own home.

Bekkah said...

I agree that the White Pickett Fence (WPF) has become symbolic for ‘having it all’…a figure of speech, similar I guess to reciting a laundry list of items and at the end throwing in everything but the ‘kitchen sink’ :)

I’ve never been a WPF kinda chick. When I was younger (even more so than I am now!) it represented responsibility and being weighed down, I feared the WPF!! Now that I have my own home, and being weighed down isn’t so bad after all, I still don’t care for the WPF, but for other reasons. My perception has now shifted from viewing it as a sign of responsibility, to seeing it as being too perfect…too white/pure/clean, too ideal, too artificial and too cold.

If I put a fence up, it would be one of those fences you would see around horses or on a farm. The rugged natural wood fences that are crooked and splintered, but functional and beautiful nonetheless.

Wow! Thanks for the post, I had no idea I had such strong feelings about fences?!?!!