Where I Am From…

I’ve been trying to get around to my favorite blogs a little more often.  Today, an Hilary’s I found an amazing poem.  I had seen this before, it was originally done by George Ella Lyons.  (You can read about it and find a template if you go here.) but just hadn’t settled down to create my poem.   Today..I did.  I highly encourage all of you to take a trip down memory lane and create your own. 

I am from sewing machines, Crayola Crayons, and the vast blue sea.

I am from the yellow house on the hill. The second from the corner with the huge mountain of happy pink geraniums and the back yard with honeysuckle and a badminton net.

I am from the never-ending summers of oleander, ice plant, beautiful red hibiscus, palm trees and prickly pear cactus. I am from our neighbor’s shrub that grew luscious red berries with rainbow colored pits.

I am from coffee drinkers and readers and I Can Do It attitudes. From Lillian and Lavant, Helen and Otto, as well as John and Patsy.

I am from strong, determined people that fight for what they believe in. We believe in love and staying married through thick and thin.

I am from clean your room, do I have to get my belt, and I love you.

I am from the Joy Bus with “Rock of Ages” and “If You Are Happy and You Know It”. From potlucks on Sundays and Youth Group on Wednesdays.

I am from the Golden State with summers spent in Michigan and in Texas. And always knowing that we first came here on boats. First to Plymouth Rock and then later arriving from Germany.

I am from my dad picking up a hitchhiker that became his brother-in-law, the long yearning letters sent to and from various ports of call when he was At Sea, the long road trips across our great country when we were all together.

I am from bulky photo albums with tissue carefully placed between the pages that were kept in my mother’s closet. They contained the treasured faces of family and friends, both known and unknown. From the thick notebooks penned in my grandmother’s spidery writing in felt tip pen containing the stories and poems that she poured out from her heart. From the caring letters sent by my far off grandmother, sending her love and newspaper clipping she thought I would enjoy.

I am from humble beginnings. I am from great people with tremendous courage and love in their hearts. I am me.

Today I am thankful for…All those who have had a part in creating who I am

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0 Responses to Where I Am From…

  1. Nora Bee says:

    This is really lovely. I am tagging folks from 30 days of thanks for a meme that invites me to tag “random” people, and I picked you (glad i did, enjoy your blog). Hope that’s okay!

  2. Pamela says:

    I’m impressed, touched, and inspired!

  3. Hilary says:

    Aww that’s lovely… a very colourful poem. 🙂

  4. Karina says:

    Wow, this is beautiful and very powerful. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks.

  5. Stephanie says:

    That was beautiful!!

  6. This was so poignant and beautiful.

  7. renate1945 says:

    Lovely, just lovely!

  8. photowannabe says:

    Susan, I loved the way you described yourself and your life. I read the link and want to do this myself. It could make an interesting Christmas gift or a sometime gift. Thanks for sharing the challenge. I just have to take time and think about it a bit.
    Sue

  9. Lynne says:

    Very nice Susan!
    okay … what kind of shrub has luscious red berries with rainbow colored pits? Did you eat them, and you survived?

    I enjoyed reading this very much!! I have to think about possibly doing one for myself. Did you have to think about this for some time before you came to the right things?

  10. Patsy Ann says:

    You also are from a family that misses you very much and has never ending love for you.

  11. Joy T. says:

    Very very nice!! I’m visiting the link to see if it’s something I want to do. You make it look easy!

  12. Linda says:

    Wow, that is beautiful! Great imagery!

  13. gawilli says:

    I loved reading this and will visit the link. Thanks, Susan. It sure is a nice way to get to know you better!

  14. Cheryl says:

    That was amazing Susan. You nailed it.

  15. tommiea says:

    I will definitely do this some time soon!

  16. Kristina says:

    What a beautiful post – I loved the way you wrote this.

  17. Marla says:

    I love, love, love that!!!!!

  18. Amanda says:

    I don’ t know if I have commented before, but I have been reading for awhile. I loved this poem and did one of my own. I posted it today. Thanks for sharing this, I loved it and it was good for me to write it!