Where I’m From

An excellent idea, borrowed from Kristen at Motherese – an excerpt into Where I’m From:

I am from fresh peas and raspberries – “borrowed” from my mother’s garden, from Shreddies cereal and Sunday Night Magical World of Disney.

I am from fields and forests, nestled on top of a hill, “square with the world” as Daddy would say. From hours spent on the river in summer and winter snows.

I am from the soft, fresh-mown grass between my toes, the earthy scent of dirt on my hands.

I am from baseball games and swimming lessons. Mr. Roy and Grand Marches. Miss Maynes and French lessons opening my eyes.

I am from cooking too much food “so we are sure of enough” and making sure that everyone is welcome – family or not.

From “make sure you have clean underwear in case you get in an accident” and “if so-and-so jumped off a bridge, would you jump too”.

I am from learning to love the Earth and all She holds. From having a chance to believe in what I want to believe. From being able to search for the answers.

I’m from England and Wales and Native Canada, from milk from a cow, fresh eggs, butter churned in a jar, and chocolate cake that everyone tried to steal at lunch time.

From nights by a campfire and snipe hunts for fun. From early Christmas mornings and hours of board games and taking shots with my brother. From cousins and hikes and giggles of sisters.

I am from memories and stories passed from one to another. From doors never locked and porch lights turned on so that you can always find your way home again.


Now: You fill in your copy. Keep it for yourself, share it with me, share it with your family. I guarantee you will enjoy it. 🙂

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.

I am from a two-story colonial with yellow aluminum siding_______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from Friday nights in sleeping bags watching The Dukes of Hazzard under La-Z-Boy forts and Catholic Republicans, from a teacher and an actuary and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from near-sightedness, nail biting, (description of family tendency) and Buick sedans (another one).

From “fine as frog’s hair” (something you were told as a child) and “tough toenails.”(another).

I am from 11:30 Sunday Mass, nine years of Catholic school, and  (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from Hartford and Prague and Offenbach (place of birth and family ancestry), from Cookie Crisp, Chicken McKristen, American cheese melted on egg noodles, and Village Pizza.

From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).



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