Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Where I Am From

I get a weekly email from Mama Kat, who has had some pretty cool ideas for writing. I really liked this one. I liked it so much that I've been trying to persuade my husband to share it with his seventh graders as a writing assignment. Here's another example from my fellow blogger, Betsy. A template for this writing exercise is here , just in case you want to try it!

I am from military uniforms, cardboard boxes, and moving trucks. From nowhere and from all over.

I am from terrifying cornfields, and from the chestnuts we used to hurl at one another. From vast fields of bluebonnets that lie underneath new apartment complexes.

From imaginary gargoyles, slaying dragons, and long hours reading in the back seat of a car.

I am from awkward, unsmiling, sepia family pictures, and strong-willed women. From hand-me-down clothes and thrift shops.

I am from Virginia and Leonard. From a bright pink house on a gravel road, a windmill always slowly turning.

From the brightest blue skies that stretch out beyond every horizon. From thunderstorms that lull you to sleep with their distant rumbling.

I am from the stoic, from the loners, and the scholars. From pay attention, from stand up for yourself, and from work hard and do the job right.

I am from the cradle Catholic, from a call to serve others, from soldiers, nurses, and nuns.

I’m from the great state of Texas by birth, and from Germany by blood. From beer and frito pie on a cold day of football or soccer.

From the small snake that fell on my mother, from my grandfather's beer tab chain that decorated his kitchen, and from my grandmother cooking catfish for lunch and dinner two weeks straight.

I have hidden my past--photos, family trees, baby books--in forgotten boxes, priceless treasures always wait to be rediscovered.


  1. "From nowhere and from all over". I'm sure I didn't grow up moving around as much as you did, but I still find it difficult to answer the 'where are you from' question. I like your answer a lot!

  2. 'Where I am from', must be created from other things, when the place won't stay beneath our feet.

  3. This is just wonderful! Great job on the prompt!

  4. *sigh* Such a gorgeous post. I love this one and all the ones I am reading, but I especially enjoyed the simplicity and straightforwardness of yours.

  5. "I am from military uniforms, cardboard boxes, and moving trucks. From nowhere and from all over."

    Well written. That tells me so much about where you're from.

  6. ya,, too!
    great job sharing you with us ;)

  7. "From beer and frito pie on a cold day of football or soccer." Loved this line :)


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