~ Where I am from

Where I am from – a meme

Rose’s blog is where I found this and the link in her post is dead, but I found another template here. In case that link dies, i have included the template below my response.

I am from bicycles and tree houses, from royal typewriters and transistor radios and I am from total opposites.

I am from the house that used to have the huge willow tree, next to the house that used to have the humungus pine tree, with red corduroy curtains that made the sunrise fill my room with warmth, and a basement packed with treasures.

I am from the gooseberrys that were so tart that few liked them, the raspberrys that took over the back garden and the cherry tomatoes we ate off the vine, I am from the pine hedges up against the house that provided berries for my mudpies and were strung with lights at christmas time that gave me a blinking, bright rainbow at night on my ceiling.

From stoic danes, shanty irish, and proud french canadians, I am from Stoltz’s, Peterson’s, Euchner’s, O’Connors and Pilotte’s.

I am from the ones who emoted freely and others who showed no feelings or emotions, from some who were “old country” in their rigidity and others who were flexible.

From silence and unspoken words, I am from the personal cold war.

I am from women who worked hard and spent time in the public eye, and men who ran things, once removed I am from activists who fought for what they believed.

I am from the universe, choice. With a basis in the formal teachings, I am from connections with my maker that come from the heart first and then from the mind. I am from those who chose the structure and yet I am from those who eschewed the formal.

I’m from the diversity of my ancestors but I am of my place in this world, my ethics and my food are very midwestern, we celebrate comfort foods, soups and stews, meat and potatoes, and dabble in ancestral flavors. I am from frigadiller to sielsalat, and chicken soup to potato soup, from shepherds pie to traditional turkey dinners.

From the store manager who tried to start a store managers union, the political dancer long before it was acceptable for women, to the motorcycle “bum” who worked his way through canada (from europe) as a lumberjack, I am from strong, involved people.

I am from boxes of saved memories in boxes in the basement, I am from hundreds and hundreds of slides in carousels and slide boxes in the top of a closet, I am from the handed down china and crystal, I am from the memories shared from mother to daughter.

The WHERE I’M FROM Template

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

I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

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

I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).

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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